From Barbara Matson, Globe Correspondent
WILMINGTON — Bruins coach Claude Julien said general manager Peter Chiarelli told him after practice at Ristuccia Arena that forward Milan Lucic would not be suspended for his actions in Thursday’s 4-1 Bruin victory over the Thrashers at TD Garden. Lucic received a game misconduct and a match penalty after a fight with Atlanta’s Freddy Meyer (a BU grad). Lucic is expected to comment tomorrow.
Chiarelli then issued a statement: “The NHL has informed us that Milan will not be suspended as a result of the match penalty assessed to him during our game against the Thrashers last Thursday. He will be fined $2,500 for the punch thrown in the scrum and $1,000 for making an obscene gesture directed at the Thrashers bench. He will join the team on the flight to Florida and be available for Monday’s game against the Panthers.”
That makes the line juggling much easier for Julien, as the Bruins head to Florida to start a five-game road trip. “For me, all I need to know is he wasn’t suspended,” said Julien.
“It’s great to see he’s going to be in our lineup tomorrow night.”
The Bruins got an early start on practice, hitting the ice just after 10:30 to get in their workout before escaping the oncoming snowstorm to fly to Florida. Brad Marchand, who missed two games with the aftereffects of a body-bruising hit from Montreal’s P.K. Subban, participated in his first real practice with the team (he did join the morning skate Thursday). Julien said his condition will be reevaluated tomorrow morning, and that the team is still pondering whether it is wise to play him in both games during the two games-in-two-nights sequence that opens the road trip.
On the ice:
Maroon shirts: Brad Marchand, Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell, Dan Paille
White = Nathan Horton, Marc Savard, Milan Lucic
Grey= Blake Wheeler, David Krejci, Michael Ryder
Gold= Patrice Bergeron. Mark Recchi, Tyler Seguin
Defensemen: Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Adam McQuaid, Steven Kampfer, Johnny Boychuk, Dennis Seidenberg,
Goalies: Tuukka Rask, Tim Thomas