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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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NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL 30 51
CONNOR MCDAVID 30 51
NATHAN MACKINNON 27 44
BRAD MARCHAND 28 44
DAVID PASTRNAK 28 43
JOHN CARLSON 30 42
JACK EICHEL 28 38
ARTEMI PANARIN 26 33
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU 27 33
PATRICK KANE 27 33
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK 28 25
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN 30 20
CONNOR MCDAVID 30 19
NATHAN MACKINNON 27 18
BRAD MARCHAND 28 18
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL 30 33
CONNOR MCDAVID 30 32
JOHN CARLSON 30 31
NATHAN MACKINNON 27 26
BRAD MARCHAND 28 26
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON 30 42
DOUGIE HAMILTON 28 28
CALE MAKAR 27 27
ROMAN JOSI 27 24
VICTOR HEDMAN 23 23
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
CALE MAKAR 27 27
QUINN HUGHES 28 23
VICTOR OLOFSSON 28 22
ILYA MIKHEYEV 30 17
MARTIN NECAS 26 16
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
BRADEN HOLTBY 21 14
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK 22 14
TUUKKA RASK 17 13
JORDAN BINNINGTON 22 13
FREDERIK ANDERSEN 23 13
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
PEKKA RINNE 16 3
JAROSLAV HALAK 11 2
CARTER HUTTON 14 2
TUUKKA RASK 17 2
PETR MRAZEK 18 2
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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