Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic is scheduled to meet Monday with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan for his hit on Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller this past Saturday, NHL.com reports.
In the first period of Saturday’s game, Lucic had a breakaway and Miller came far out of the crease to challenge. Lucic collided into Miller, and the contact to the head caused Miller’s mask to fly off.
Lucic’s play resulted in a charging penalty and Miller eventually left the game after the second period. Sports Illustrated reports that Miller suffered a concussion on the play.
Miller told reporters in the locker room after the game:
Fifty pounds on me and he runs me like that? said a visibly upset Miller, to Sabres.NHL.com. Unbelievable. Everyone in [Boston] sees him as this big, tough, solid player. I respected him for how hard he played. That was gutless. Gutless.
Saturday’s game was the first meeting between the two Northeast division rivals; they faceoff again in a pre-Thanksgiving matchup Nov. 23.