Lucik hit on Smith from Calgary Flames: 'If you really ship, we both won't play' |

Lucik hit on Smith from Calgary Flames: ‘If you really ship, we both won’t play’ |

Milan Lucic and his coach are on the same page – the situation could have been much worse.

The Calgary Flames striker, bruised by five minutes, was evaluated and exited in the third period of Sunday’s third game loss against Edmonton after goalkeeper Mike Smith was broken into.

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Lucic appeared to try to stop playing, but sent the veteran goalkeeper who flew with Calgary trailing 4-0.

“They called him the charging charge, right?” Flames bench chief Daryl Sutter said after Edmonton’s 4-1 win sent the Oilers to a 2-1 lead in a best-of-seven series.

“Can you imagine if he (Lucic) had made the accusation, what would have happened there? He really tried to slow him down a little bit, I think.

“That is what it is. It was the result and who it was. That’s what they called it.”

Smith was ordered to leave the game under the NHL’s concussion protocol. Smith returned after being replaced by Mikko Koskinen for 4:15. Koskinen did not face any shot on goal.

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“It’s not an ideal situation to leave a game in the third inning with 11 minutes left, but I realized why,” Smith said, referring to the NHL’s concussion protocol.

Calgary Flames forward Milan Lucic, center, crashes into Edmonton Oilers goalkeeper Mike Smith, hiding, as winger Josh Archibald joins during the third round of the National Hockey League’s Round Two in Edmonton, Sunday, May 22, 2022.

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Lucic, who hit Buffalo Sabers goalkeeper Ryan Miller more than a decade ago, chose his words carefully when speaking to the media on Monday, but echoed Sutter’s general thoughts.

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“I wasn’t trying to hit (Smith) — I was breaking,” said the 33-year-old, a whopping six feet three 231 pounds. “I don’t think I really wanted to get into what I was thinking or what I was trying to do or if he sold it or if he didn’t.

“But I think I agree with Daryl in the sense that, if I actually made the accusation, we wouldn’t play (in Game 4).”

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Lucic later added the Flames, who finished first in the Pacific Division before beating the Dallas Stars in seven games in the opening round, needed to hold back after back-to-back performances that weren’t on their level after their 9-6 win of the game. 1.

“This is the time to just decompress,” he said. “And I realize it’s great to be in the second round of the playoffs, playing the Battle of Alberta.

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“Take a few deep breaths, soak it all up, and enjoy.”

– With files from Reid Wiklins, 630 CHED

© 2022 Canadian Press

2022-05-24 00:54:57

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