If you thought Milan Lucic was going to back down and admit the error of his ways, you obviously don't know the Bruins forward very well.
After getting rebuked nationally for threatening the Montreal Canadiens' Dale Weise and Alexei Emelin in the handshake line following the Bruins' Game 7 loss, Lucic was unapologetic when asked about it in the team's season-ending media availability Friday.
"Whatís said on the ice, stays on the ice," Lucic said. "Unfortunately that code is broken. And itís unfortunate that it blows up to what it is now. You know, Iím not the first guy to do it, Iím not the last guy to do it. Iím not sorry that I did it. Iím a guy that, you know, plays on emotion and this is a game of emotions. Sometimes you make decisions out of emotion that might not be the best one. Thatís what it is. I didnít make the NHL because I accepted losing or I accepted failure. I think thatís what got me to this point and made me the player that I am. Other than that, thereís not much more to it. Like I said, Iím not the first guy to do it and Iím sure I wonít be the last."
And he was adamant that there was nothing to feel sorry about, despite allegations from Weise that he had behaved as classless.
"I canít take back what I said," he said. "Iím not apologizing for what was said in the handshake. Like I said, itís just unfortunate that what was said on the ice gets leaked out and blown out of proportion.
"I live by whatís said on the ice, stays on the ice."