With the Bruins trailing by a goal, Lucic was called for boarding Canadiens defensemen Alexei Emelin at 18:40 in the third period. On his way to the penalty box, Lucic expressed his unhappiness with the call to referee Tim Peel. When the official wouldn't listen, the bruising winger found an audience in the Montreal crowd with his hands, showing them what was on his mind and lifting a faux Stanley Cup.
P.A. Parenteau scored into an empty net on the ensuing power play, and Lucic earned himself a 10-minute misconduct on his way back to the bench.
After the game, Bruins coach Claude Julien went over to speak with Peel, but refused to comment on the penalty during postgame. Lucic was not available for interviews.
We did try to get clarification on why Lucic was not available, and who made the decision. We could not.— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) October 17, 2014
The league will look into the incident, though it will not fall under the purview of Player Safety:
FYI that Mike Murphy (hockey ops Toronto) is reviewing Lucic rude gesture to fans not Quintal because it's not player safety issue...— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) October 17, 2014
-- Anna Celia Gallegos