Bruins' Lucic calls Canadiens' Emelin 'a chicken', denies claims of retaliatory spear

Mar 24, 11:08 PM

Bruins forward Milan Lucic cried "fowl" after Boston's 2-1 shootout loss to Montreal on Monday, referring to a hip check delivered by the Canadiens defenseman in the first period (check out the post below this one for video of the hit).

Later in the game, Lucic poked back with a spear to Emelin's nether regions. According to John Lu of TSN, however, Lucic would not go as far as to classify the incident as a spear.

Judge for yourself.

Add it all up, and the tension between these two players only served to highlight the bitterness that exists in the midst of one of the NHL's great rivalries.

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/Bob DeChiara

Mar 24, 8:47 PM

VIDEO: Alexei Emelin flips Milan Lucic with hip check

Mar 24, 8:47 PM

The fireworks were lit early in Monday's game between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens. 

Defenseman Alexei Emelin managed to flip burly forward Milan Lucic with a well-executed hip check.

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Bruins captain Zdeno Chara took exception to the hit and was assessed a roughing minor for seeking retribution.

Hockey fans can always count on a measure of roughhousing when these two teams meet. 

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/Bob DeChiara