Milan Lucic and Claude Julien were both upset over Thrashers defenseman Freddy Meyer's hit on the Bruins forward that led to the all-out brawl that took place with 4:06 remaining in the B's 4-1 victory at the Garden Thursday night.
"It was a high hit, for sure. I was bleeding from the lip. After a hit like that -- that was the second time he's hit me cheap," Lucic said. "That's the second time. You can't give a guy a free pass too many times."
Lucic was given a match penalty for attempt to injure when he punched a helmet-less Meyer in the temple, knocking him to the ground. He now faces a suspension, pending review. Claude Julien said the fight -- which also featured Nathan Horton, Marc Savard, and Andrew Ference -- could have been avoided were it not for the hit, which he deemed unequivocally cheap.
"Nobody saw that coming until that dirty hit....
The Bruins spent the past two days dealing with backlash from both fans and the media over their recent struggles. They responded in a big way Thursday, playing one of their better games of the season in defeating the Thrashers, 4-1, at TD Garden.
Though Patrice Bergeron got the B's on the board with a shorthanded goal in the first and Michael Ryder tallied what proved to be the deciding goal, Shawn Thornton was the offensive hero for the 17,565 to pack the Garden seats. The energy line winger had a big night, beating Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec for two goals and setting a new career high with seven.
With 4:06 remaining in the game, an all-out brawl broke out, with Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, Andrew Ference, and Marc Savard dropping the gloves for the B's.
Tim Thomas improved his record to 15-4-3 on the season.
The Bruins will have two days off before...
In his weekly interview with The Big Show, Celtics president Danny Ainge said he thinks this season's team is better than last year because of improved depth and healthy seasons from Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. "I think this just a better team," Ainge said. "I like this team much better. I like the depth better. I feel more more confident in this team and what we're capable of doing. Last year we came very close. We're playing now without Delonte [West] and Rajon [Rondo], which makes it very difficult, and we're still finding ways to win."
Ainge attributed much of last year's problems to injuries that affected Pierce and Garnett. "I think last year's regular season, we didn't play with a lot of resolve but we also had more injuries to more key players," Ainge said. "Paul and KG weren't near the same and both of those guys are having great years."
The Bills only listed three players on their Thursday injury report, with a pair of offensive linemen and a linebacker. Here's the complete report:
C Geoff Hangartner (knee)
T Demetrius Bell (knee)
LB Chris Kelsay (knee)
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FOXBORO — The Patriots had six players absent from practice on Thursday, including, linebacker Tully Banta-Cain, wide receiver Deion Branch, offensive lineman Dan Connolly and tight end Aaron Hernandez. Here's the complete report:
Did Not Practice
LB Tully Banta-Cain (groin)
WR Deion Branch (knee)
G Dan Connolly (concussion)
LB Jermaine Cunningham (calf)
TE Aaron Hernandez (hip)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)
DL Ron Brace (concussion)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)
DL Brandon Deaderick (shoulder)
NT Myron Pryor (back)
CB Kyle Arrington (elbow)
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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ryan Hannable previews Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and Seahawks.
The voice of the Super Bowl Kevin Harlan joins the show to preview the Super Bowl and talk about some the Patriots games he has called.
Tom E Curran joins the show on Radio Row to preview the Super Bowl and talk about the fraud Roger Goodell.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Wrapping up the show's week on radio row.
Show favorite Mad Dog Russo joins the guys to look at Sunday's game and the response he has seen to deflategate.
Kravitz calls in to put a wrap on the deflategate this week's coverage. He details some of the twitter attacks he has received from Patriots fans.
Christian ran around Radio Row getting predictions form anyone he could find, which included being Green-Flied by Warren Sapp
Local Wiseguy Louie Merloni gives us the lines for Super Bowl XLIX
Adam Schefter, ESPN, joins Lou, Christian and Tim to talk about all the news surrounding Super Bowl XLIX
We help you gamblers out there by breaking down some Super Bowl Prop Bets.
Kevin Harlan talks about some of his famous calls from Patriots games and previews the Super Bowl live from Radio Row.
Tom E Curran joins the show on Radio Row to preview the Super Bowl and give his prediction for the big game.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about Roger Goodell's state of the game address and question and answer period from earl
Mikey and Mut are gearing up for the Super Bowl on the final show before the Patriots take on the Seahawks.
DeOssie joins Mut from Arizona to talk about how big the hype has been for this year's Super Bowl in comparison to other Super Bowl games in the past and how Seattle's defense matches up against New England's offense.
Jim and Pete talk about the final football game of the 2014 season. It's the Patriots and the Seahawks, and there's still fantasy football to be played!
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Old friend Boomer Esiason drops by to give his take on the big game. Boomer thinks the Patriots will prevail in the desert.More from this show