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SIX PACKS ON ICE, NHL BLOG: Focus on the Sport, Not the Unsportsmanlike Conduct

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BOSTON, MA - MAY 14: Alexei Emelin #74 of the Montreal Canadiens crashes into the boards after a check by Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins during Game Seven of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the TD Garden on May 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

What’s being talked about more than the Montreal Canadiens defeating the Boston Bruins?

The handshake between the teams after the incredible game seven.

It’s really too bad this is what is being spoke of. It was a great series. Both teams played incredibly well. Going into it, most were thinking Boston was going to take this series, and it wouldn’t even go to seven games. But it did. And the Habs won!!

After game seven though, Bruins winger Milan Lucic had some choice words for some of the Canadiens.

In the video below, you can clearly see Lucic talking to Dale Weise and Alexei Emelin. The series was tense and there was a lot of bickering and chirps from both teams.

The thing is, the hand shake after the series is supposed to be professional and show sportsmanship. Come on, Lucic. Keep it classy.

Now, Weise is claiming Lucic “threatened” him.

Weise says Lucic threatened him in the handshake and said something similarly threatening to Emelin. Emotional series ends with tough words.

— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 15, 2014

Let’s hope this isn’t true. How ridiculous would that be? This is the Stanley Cup playoffs we’re talking about, but threatening someone? Just accept your team lost. It’ll make for a better rivalry next year. Don’t try and take it too far though.

To sum it up best, Weise made these comments, which are completely well-founded if Lucic did make a threat.

Dale Weise accuses Lucic of being classless and disrespectful with his comments in the handshake. Won’t say what was said.

— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 15, 2014

We all love to see the guys get a little rough and show passion on the ice, but the handshake line is a scared tradition in most people’s eyes. Of course it is going to take a while to get over the loss for the Bruins, but at least get to the locker room before you lose control.

Big year for Milan Lucic. He wrote an anti-bullying book and threatened to kill someone all in just a few months. #NHL

— Amanda Grinavich (@agrinavich) May 15, 2014

To reiterate, it’s sad this is what we’re talking about. Going into the playoffs, it was hard to choose who would win the cup. Really any team could and that’s what we’re seeing. The many game sevens we’ve witnessed have been nail-biting. We’ve seen some awesome saves, rookies make their mark, team captains take charge.

Let’s not let this incident distract us from all of the great hockey that’s being played in the postseason.