NHL veteran Milan Lucic has been blasted for administering his own brand of justice on Tampa Bay’s rookie Mathieu Joseph.
The Oilers forward was fined $US10,000 by the NHL on Wednesday after jumping Lightning rookie Mathieu Joseph in the third period of Edmonton’s 5-2 loss in Tampa.
Lucic snapped after Jospeh banged up his teammate Kris Russell with a questionable although fairly innocuous-looking shot in the minutes earlier.
It looks like elbow to head contact which should’ve been a penalty. So rookie or not, he needed a talkin to. pic.twitter.com/X2vI2JW2h6
— Eh-Wynner (@aWYNNING) November 7, 2018
Joseph wasn’t penalised on the initial play, so Lucic decided to take matters into his own hands, blindsiding him with a hit before seemingly attacking him on the ground.
“Milan Lucic chased around a human being like he owed him money,” Tim and Sid said on Sportsnet.
“He chases him around the ice like it’s a scene out of slapshot.
“There’s no stalking rule, so I just think the NHL didn’t like this element of this play.”
Lucic was handed a pair of minors (interference, roughing) and a 10-minute game misconduct for his actions, while Joseph escaped relatively unscathed.
But while Lucic copped a decent fine for the hit, many have questioned why the Oilers bruiser wasn’t handed a suspension as well:
Sorry but that Milan Lucic hit was pure disgusting. Completely unsportsmanlike conduct. Surprised that wasn't suspension warranted. Yes he takes a 10k hit. But that was just ugly. Classic douchery!!! #JustSaying
— 🏒Amanda🍁 (@TheItalGal) November 8, 2018
Edmonton Oilers forward Milan Lucic has been fined $10,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA for roughing Tampa Bay Lightning forward Mathieu Joseph, per the NHL.
— Marisa Ingemi (@Marisa_Ingemi) November 7, 2018
In all seriousness. Why is Milan Lucic still in the league? #Oilers
— Nick (@NickMacK9) November 7, 2018
Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos was visibly enraged and barking at the Oilers bench after the play, calling it “a premeditated, blindside hit” in the postgame scrum.
The Oilers on the other hand predictably saw things a little differently.
Head coach Todd McLellan praised Lucic for standing up for his teammate, one of the few remaining skills he has in the toolbag.
“You know, there’s nothing wrong with that,” McLellan said.
“We felt that a player took a liberty with Kris Russell. I agree with the liberty part of it and part of the reason we have Lucic here is to take care of teammates and he did that.”
Lucic has been suspended three times in his career, including most recently in 2016 for sucker punching Kevin Connauton of the Coyotes.
with Yahoo Sports Canada.