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12/19/2011 - 8:38pm
Chiarelli: Hit not suspendable on its own
By: DJ Bean

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Monday night that while he did not feel Milan Lucic's hit on Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo was a punishable act, Lucic's entire body of work is what ultimately led to him being suspended for one game. 

"I talked to Brendan Shanahan today following his sanction on Milan, the one-game suspension, and what was explained to me was that when there have been incidents before with a player, they look at the whole body of work," he said. "I don’t know if it’s as strong as being a repeat offender, but he’s done stuff in the past, according to hockey ops, that go to his character reference when they’re looking at putting up punishment. Brendan didn’t say this, but if it was his first incident, I would think maybe he wouldn’t have been suspended. Brendan didn’t say that, but that’s my take on the whole thing."

Lucic was suspended for one game for...

12/19/2011 - 8:04pm
Report: Leg injury will force DE Carter to IR

According to multiple reports, the Patriots will place defensive end Andre Carter on season-ending injured reserve after he suffered a leg injury in the final play of he first quarter in Sunday's win over the Broncos. Carter was engaged in a block by Broncos tight end Daniel Fells when he broke free but stumbled backwards and fell to the ground. He immediately grabbed his left knee and a cart came onto the field to take him to the Patriots locker room. He was accompanied on the cart by team medical director Tom Gill. Carter entered the game as the team's leader in sacks (10) and quarterback hits (22).

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12/19/2011 - 7:58pm
Lucic: I 'keep it clean out there'
By: DJ Bean

Bruins forward Milan Lucic said following news of his suspension that he respected NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan's decision, but that he was disappointed to have to miss Monday's game against the Canadiens. 

Shanahan suspended Lucic Monday for his hit from behind on Flyers' forward Zac Rinaldo in Saturday's 6-0 Bruins win. He said in a video explaining the suspension that while the hit was not "egregious," the Lucic's track record influenced the decision. 

"I didn't watch the video, so I don't know how much it played into his decision," Lucic said of his track record. "As far as my history is concerned, obviously I think you look at the five years I've been here. I've led the team in hits in all those years, and this is the first time I've had a hearing or a suspension when it comes down to a hit. Take aside the hit on the goalie, I'm talking about a hit on the players. I do everything in my power to keep it...

12/19/2011 - 4:14pm
Wilfork: 'Don't let it become the Tebow Show'

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, in his weekly interview on The Big Show, said that his team made a point of not viewing Sunday's contest against the Broncos as "the whole big Tebow Show." Instead of focusing on Denver quarterback Tim Tebow, the Pats tried to remain mindful of the need to consider the various dimensions of the Broncos -- including, Wilfork noted, the likely need to adapt the team's defensive approach during the game based on what Denver was doing -- in order to secure a 41-23 victory.

"One thing we try not to do was to let it become the whole big Tebow Show: The Patriots vs. Tebow or Tom vs. Tebow," Wilfork said. "Our approach was to stay calm, keep our poise, don’t let this game become bigger than it is. ... Don’t let it become the Tebow Show, or this guy vs. this guy. It’s a team effort."

Wilfork praised Tebow, who was 11-for-22 in the air with 194 passing yards and an...

12/19/2011 - 2:29pm
Lucic suspended for one game
By: DJ Bean

According to a tweet from TSN's Bob McKenzie, Bruins forward Milan Lucic has been suspended for one game by the league for hitting Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo from behind in Saturday's 6-0 win in Philadelphia. Lucic was initially given a five-minute major and a game-misconduct for the hit.

Lucic had a phone hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan Monday, marking the second time he has had to speak with Shanahan this season. The 23-year-old left wing had a hearing last month for his hit on Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, but was not suspended. Even so, Lucic's history caught up with him Monday. 

"While this hit is not particularly egregious, it is illegal," Shanahan said of Saturday's hit. "However, the overriding factor in elevating this check from behind from a penalty on the ice to a suspension is his history of similar infractions, warnings and a fine."

This marks the second suspension of Lucic's career. He...

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