Detroit Red Wings DetroitRedWings.com presented by AT&T
2015-16 Ticket Plans Available Follow @DetroitRedWings on Twitter! Follow the Red Wings on Facebook! Follow @DetroitRedWings on Instagram! Follow OfficialDRW on Snapchat! Get Red Wings Email Updates Get Red Wings Text Updates Get the Detroit Red Wings Official Mobile App
 

 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

NHL slaps Lucic for spearing DeKeyser

Bruins' forward was fined $5,000 for pitchforking Red Wings' young defenseman

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 3:25 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
X
Share with your Friends


NHL slaps Lucic for spearing DeKeyser
Danny DeKeyser spoke to the media at TD Garden Saturday afternoon after learning the league had fined Bruins' Milan Lucic for his cheap shot on the Red Wings' defenseman. (Photo by Bill Roose/Detroit Red Wings)

BOSTON – Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic admitted to acting out of frustration when he pitch-forked the Red Wings’ Danny DeKeyser just before the second intermission of Friday’s Game 1 of the teams’ opening-round Stanley Cup playoff series.

“Obviously, kind of the heat of the moment thing when you’re not thinking and you do something like that,” Lucic said Saturday afternoon. “I’ve been in the league for seven years and I think I’ve only done that three times. I don’t know why I did it, like I said I think it’s a heat of the moment things that unfortunately I did.

DeKeyser made a clean body check on the Bruins’ 6-foot-3, 235-pound forward in the defensive zone. But as the play shifted up ice, Lucic, who was trailing the play, swung his stick upwards like a pitchfork between DeKeyser’s legs.

“I didn’t really know what happened, I was just kind of skating back to the bench and to be honest right after the play I didn’t even know who did it,” DeKeyser said. “I’m fine. Just something that happens during the game. Just deal with it.”

For his actions, which occurred behind the play at 19:55 of the second, the NHL’s department of player safety fined Lucic $5,000 on Saturday. No penalty was assessed on the play.

“I believe in playing within the rules,” said Lucic, who had a telephone hearing with the league but will not be suspended. “I definitely won’t be heading down that road again.”

Lucic also speared Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin in a game last month. Lucic denied it at the time, and later called Emelin a “chicken” for a hip check. Lucic said Saturday he’s concerned about gaining a reputation as a dirty player, but cheap shots like the one Friday don’t look good in the court of public opinion.

“It’s just funny, I never do that,” Lucic said. “But unfortunately I’ve done it twice in the last little bit here so I’m not going to make it a habit. I don’t know why I did it both times. It’s not going to be a habit of mine. I believe in playing it in between the rules, the right way, that’s what I’ll continue to do.”

There wasn’t a lot of after-the-whistle shenanigans in the series-opener, which is perfect for the Red Wings, who prefer to intimidate through their skill and speed.

“We want to play in between the whistles,” Wings defenseman Brendan Smith said. “All that junk that happens after, there’ no point of it. We wanted to stay very disciplined in that sense and just play our game and use our speed and take advantage of it.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

DetroitRedWings.com is the official Web site of the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit Red Wings and DetroitRedWings.com are trademarks of the Detroit Red Wings. NHL, the NHL Shield and the word mark NHL Winter Classic are registered trademarks and Original Six is a trademark of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Detroit Red Wings and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.
© NHL 2015. All Rights Reserved.

 
Advertise/SponsorshipsOlympia Entertainment | Code of Conduct | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Employment | Contact Us | NHL.com Terms of Use | Site Map