Rivalries never die. You don't need to remind Milan Lucic of that anytime soon.
|"Have a nice f****** year!" (via totalprosports.com)|
Immediately after the game and during exit interviews a few days later, Lucic refused to apologize for what transpired on the ice. And two months later, #17 is still unwilling to send any kind words of forgiveness Montreal's way:
I’m not going to apologize for how I acted or what was said...But at the end of the day, thinking about it now, maybe I definitely could have handled the situation better than I did. But more than saying what I said to the players, I was upset with losing. I was upset with losing to them. We had such a great team that had won the Presidents’ Trophy and that being the end and losing the way that we did, I think it all just accumulated to me losing my cool in the handshake.
The incident caused a huge stir that surrounded the Bruins and Looch in controversy, with many chalking up #17's actions to poor sportsmanship. But Lucic doesn't much care for what other people think, as he is only concerned about winning. And more importantly, not losing to the flippin' Habs.
Lucic also spoke about his recovery from a wrist injury he sustained in the first period of Game 7 vs Montreal, saying that he just recently had the pins removed and can now resume lifting as part of his off-season workout program. He had been limited to lower-body workouts as the injury healed. Looch fully expects to be ready for training camp and the start of the regular season come September and October.
As for the rematch with the Canadiens, that comes October 16 when the Black and Gold travel to the Bell Centre.
Mark your calenders, B's fans. We all know Lucic has.