Milan Lucic didn’t handle the Boston Bruins’ surprising playoff exit at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens very well.
The Bruins winger ruffled plenty of feathers for the way he handled himself shortly after the Game 7 loss to the Habs. Lucic was aggressive during the traditional post-series handshake and reportedly threatened some Montreal players.
Lucic explained during a recent appearance on TSN’s “OTR” that his actions stemmed from frustration.
“It was a little tough to get over,” he admitted. “Obviously when you win the Presidents’ Trophy and having a good season — and for myself, getting to play with one of my idols in Jarome Iginla and having the team that can be one of those guys who won the Stanley Cup with him, and having lost that way … it definitely sucked and it sucked a lot as you can tell by the way I acted after right after we lost.”
Lucic explained he was more civil upon running into Canadiens goalie Carey Price during the offseason, but it’s not in his nature to be friends with opponents, on or off the ice.
“I’m not the biggest fan of being friends with guys on other teams,” Lucic said. “Guys that you’ve played against in your career and don’t really know them, you want to keep it that way so you can play a little bit harder against them.”