Once again, we have witnessed a Boston Bruin escape any external discipline for his violent on ice transgression. I'm not one of these people that are screaming collusion or inequity of discipline. I'm simply looking at events in front of me and trying to make sense of the NHL actions.
First, let's travel back in time to March 8, 2011 and the infamous Pacioretty hit. This is where we learned that if a player is skating at full tilt you can guide his head into the area where the glass begins again and follow through with the full weight of your body. This is legal because, according to the NHL, this is a "hockey" play.
This decision was rather fortunate for Boston, as any prolonged suspension may have affected their cup run.
It was also fortunate that the league did not follow up on comments made by Mark Recchi accusing Pacioretty of faking his injury. Just how often do you see a team in any sport almost kill a player, only to mock them days later. It's a good thing he didn't mention "sloppy seconds", because that is out of line!
Somehow, Joe Thornton's little body check on David Perron previously in the season was not considered a hockey play and warranted a suspension. Thornton makes an off handed comment about Lucic getting away with a vicious crosscheck to Lapierre's face and not getting suspended, suggesting that the Bruins have a rectally well positioned horseshoe.
Aaron Rome was suspended for four games in the Stanley Cup finals for a late body check. Mike Murphy said he thought it was late hit, at least a second after touching the puck, plus they had to take into account the seriousness of the injury.
It was rather fortunate for Boston that the NHL decided not to use this criteria when issuing discipline to Chara. Chara's hit was at least a second late, and the injury was quite severe.
Now, in a new season under a new disciplinarian, we had a should-be repeat offender in Lucic blatantly run a rival's franchise goaltender as he comes out to play the puck. The initial response from the league is silence, until they realize the attention they are receiving and dismiss the matter after a token hearing.
What I find disturbing in all of this is how the main stream media fails to bring these points to light. TSN, HNIC, Sportsnet, STEP UP! What does the league have over you? Is it simply information will be provided to your competitor before you if you don't play ball? Present the facts, let the audience decide.