BOSTON -- Bruins forward Milan Lucic expressed regret over a taunting gesture towards Vancouver forward Alexandre Burrows that led to 10-minute misconduct penalties and early exits for each player midway through the third period of the Bruins' 8-1 triumph over the Canucks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals at TD Garden.
After a scrum developed behind the Boston net and Lucic got tangled with Burrows, Boston's spunky forward extended his fingers towards Burrows' mouth, a gesture aimed at mocking a Game 1 incident in which Burrows chomped on the fingers of Boston forward Patrice Bergeron, but was not suspended by the NHL.
Here's postgame reaction from the major players:
Bruins forward Milan Lucic: "It's something that this team isn't about and that I'm not about. Its' definitely a classless move. [Coach] Claude [Julien] talked about it. He definitely gave me some heat after the game about it. You regret doing it, but, it's heat of the moment type of thing, things like that happen... I definitely agree with him. It's not the type of team we are to do things like that; It's not the type of player I am, to stoop to that level. We're a classy team and we want to remain that way."
Bruins coach Claude Julien: "I said this morning that I wouldn't accept it on our team. It happened a couple of times tonight. They've been told that I don't want any of that stuff. You know, like I said, you got to live by your words. It was disappointing for me to see that happen after what I said this morning. But part of it is my fault for not bringing it up to the guys. They did it. Emotions got the better of them. I'm going to stand here and say I'm not accepting it. The guys have been told. I don't want that stuff in our game. I think we have to be better than that. Emotions are running high. It was a very physical game. There was a lot of stuff going on. You can live with that kind of stuff. But the other stuff, as you mentioned, I don't want to see."
Vancouver forward Alexandre Burrows: "It doesn't really bother me. Move on and get ready for the next one... I thought they played everybody hard the same way. If they did [target Burrows], maybe I don't know, I just have to be better and get ready for the next one."
Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault: "If that happened in between whistles, I didn't see it. I focus on the play that's going on between whistles, so I can't really comment on that."