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Lucic says he'll never stop defending his teammates

5 novembre 2019
"It’s a schoolyard out there," Calgary's Milan Lucic told Sportsnet in his first comments since getting a two game suspension for roughing Colorado's Kole Sherwood. "You’ve got to defend your teammates or you kind of get walked over."

Lucic's two game suspension came after he sucker-punched and then jumped Sherwood for taking extra whacks at Flames' goaltender David Rittich after Lucic felt he had the puck covered.

"I’m more than happy to defend Ritter on that play and more than happy to defend (Austin) Czarnik the first game of the year and will do that moving forward. This suspension won’t change that."

Lucic loses a total of $64,516 for the two-game ban, but he seems to be ok with that. In it's video explaining the suspension, the league's Department of Player Safety said Sherwood was never given a chance to defend himself, and revenge is not an excuse for illegal actions.

"I know (the league’s) explanation video showed a number of things — of all these things, they were all reactions to a dirty play to begin with," said Lucic. "I thought the referees got it right on the ice the first time. They even got a slashing penalty on the play, and the powerplay. Ritter said it was the second time he got slashed in the last three games."

Lucic was given a double-minor for roughing on the play, while Sherwood got two minutes for slashing.

"When you watch a boxing match – I’m not saying hockey is boxing – but one of the things the referee says is, ‘when you’re in the ring protect yourself at all times.’ I think it’s the same thing when you’re on the ice," Lucic told Sportsnet. "I think (Sherwood) said in the media afterwards that he expects a reaction like that when he slashes a goalie."

"I was brought up in an age where you protect yourself at all times. Maybe moving forward you can expect that from guys, to maybe not to be ready for it. So, maybe go a little lighter on them. It’s hard to when it’s not your nature."

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