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There is no doubt that Milan Lucic’s hit (yes, it was a hit, not a collision) on Buffalo Sabres and Team USA goaltender was stupid, dangerous, avoidable and a suspendable penalty (and not just because Miller is a goalie).
However, despite Miller’s resulting concussion, Lucic was not suspended Monday after speaking with league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, who cited a lack of intent on the hit.
Following Saturday night’s game, Miller lingered in the locker room to “speak” with the media about the hit (“Fifty pounds on me and he runs me like that? It’s unbelievable… It was gutless…”), an act that was entirely unprofessional.
If he should be calling anyone out, he should be calling out his teammates who barely went after Lucic immediately following the hit and failed to engage him once he was out of the penalty box.
While it would be bush league, there’s a chance Buffalo could go after Tim Thomas or Tuukka Rask, whoever starts in net the next time the two play each other on November 23, if no one steps up to confront Lucic.
Watch video of the hit: