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No suspension for Lucic

The NHL fined Milan Luic $3,500 for his actions during a third period brawl in Thursday night's 4-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers following a disciplinary hearing today. Lucic received a match penalty and game misconduct after punching Thrasher's defenseman Freddy Meyer during a scrum as a linesman was attempting to separate the two players. According to a statement released by Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli, Lucic received a $2,500 fine for the punch and a $1,000 fine for "making an obscene gesture directed at the Thrashers bench".

I thought Lucic would get hit with at least a game or two suspension, but if there is one thing we know about the NHL disciplinary system, it is that it is unpredictable. The Bruins caught a break here.

"The NHL has informed us that Milan will not be suspended as a result of the match penalty assessed to him during our game against the Thrashers last Thursday. He will be fined $2,500 for the punch thrown in the scrum and $1,000 for making an obscene gesture directed at the Thrashers bench. He will join the team on the flight to Florida and be available for Monday’s game against the Panthers."

Peter Chiarelli's statement regarding Milan Lucic's fine