The NHL has rescinded the game misconduct penalty assessed to Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic during Saturday afternoon’s game against the Vancouver Canucks, according to the Bruins’ website.
Lucic was assessed a game misconduct in the first period for leaving the bench during an altercation. Upon video review, however, the league found that Lucic had entered the ice legally over the boards before joining the scrum.
“The referees reacted to what they saw,” NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Terry Gregson said. “The only player they saw coming from the bench area from either team was Lucic. But with the benefit of replay, we can see that Lucic had previously entered the ice over the boards legally to join the play and actually was contemplating stepping back onto the bench through the door when the altercation ensued.
“It should be further noted that a review of the video confirmed that all players on both teams involved in the altercation had entered the ice legally for the purpose of joining the play. None entered the ice for the purpose of joining or starting an altercation, which is prohibited by Rule 70.”
The Bruins ended up losing to the Canucks, 4-3.