BOSTON (CBS) — Milan Lucic is running the gamut when it comes to schoolyard insults of the Montreal Canadiens this season. He referred to Alexei Emelin as a “chicken” in late March, and he has now called Dale Weise a “baby” after the Bruins lost Game 7 at home.
Weise, a fourth-line winger who has just 10 goals in 152 career regular-games, played a critical role in the Canadiens’ series win over Boston. He scored what proved to be the winning goal in Game 3, and he slipped past Matt Bartkowski in the opening minutes of Game 7 to give the Habs an early 1-0 lead — a lead they’d never relinquish.
Weise has also been outspoken about feeling disrespected by the Bruins throughout the series, and it became a storyline over the past week. Weise and the Canadiens took issue with Milan Lucic’s over-the-top celebration after scoring an empty-net goal to seal a Game 2 win, and they were offended by his muscle flex on the bench after P.K. Subban engaged him in a wrestling match before ultimately deciding to skate away in Game 5. Weise mockingly flexed his own muscle back at Lucic following a whistle in Game 6.
That “disrespect” carried over into the postgame handshake line. Even while basking in the glow of victory, Weise was still bothered by what Lucic told him during the the most sacred ritual in all of sports.
“They just have some guys that do some disrespectful things,” Weise said in the victorious locker room. “Even in the handshake line they had a couple guys — or sorry, just one — that couldn’t put it behind them and be a good [loser]. Milan Lucic had a few things to say to a couple guys.”
Weise didn’t repeat exactly what Lucic said, but TSN’s Aaron Ward reportedly watched slowed down video that showed Lucic telling Weise, “I’m going to [expletive] kill you next year.”
“You look at a guy like Shawn Thornton who has been around the league and he plays hard and he plays that role and he had good things to say to everybody,” Weise told the media. “He [lost] with class and Milan Lucic just couldn’t do that. Well I won’t get into what he said — it’s just poor, it’s a poor way to lose.”
Lucic spoke in the losing locker room in a visibly angry mood. He was upset that the Bruins lost, and when asked about Weise’s complaints to the media, Lucic only grew more irate.
“It’s said on the ice so it’ll stay on the ice,” Lucic said. “So if he wants to be a baby about, he can make it public.”
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But Weise’s complaints extended far beyond the handshake line.
“I think as the series went on, our motivation grew,” Weise said. “They just disrespected us in every single way and I don’t think they had any respect for us as a team. We’ll leave it at that. The better team won.”
Lucic was asked about the Canadiens’ feelings of disrespect.
“Disrespect, I don’t know what they’re talking about. Disrespect,” Lucic said. “Having a goal celebration, what kind of disrespect is that? I mean … I’m not going to say anything. I’ve got nothing to say about that.”
Lucic and the Bruins won’t have anything to say about it for some time, as they now have a long summer to worry about much more than this series. Perhaps next season, Lucic will follow through on his promise to Weise, or perhaps the strong feelings will die down with time.
Whatever the case, the Rangers’ scouting report for their conference finals matchup should undoubtedly include this line: Do not disrespect Dale Weise. He just might make you pay for it.
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