Milan Lucic has been the man of the hour throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs, as he hails from Vancouver and plays for the Bruins. He had plenty of family in attendance for the first two games of the series at Rogers Arena, but when asked Tuesday to address the rowdiness of Boston fans, noted that his family had a tough time in Vancouver.
A Vancouver reporter asked Lucic about the way Boston fans treat out-of-towners, saying that Vancouver natives had phoned his station saying they were verbally abused, among other things, by Bostonians after Game 3.
"It's funny they say that," a suddenly fired-up Lucic began, "because I remember after Game 1, people in Vancouver throwing popcorn and peanuts at my grandparents. That's almost as low as it gets as that goes. They're my grandparents. They're in their 60s. If there is anyone you should show respect to, it's them.
"Also, my uncle and his uncle, [fans] were pouring beers on their seats in Vancouver. There's no difference between the two cities. I said it before the series started: They're two really passionate [fan bases], they're really into their teams, and there's nothing more that Boston fans want than for us to win and there's nothing more than Vancouver wants than for their team to win."
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