No ban for Bruins' Milan Lucic

Updated: April 27, 2011, 10:18 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins had forward Milan Lucic in the lineup for Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night at TD Garden.

Lucic made his presence felt as he assisted on Nathan Horton's game-winning overtime goal.

There was some thought he could be suspended by the league, but Bruins coach Claude Julien said Wednesday afternoon that there are "no issues" involving Lucic since he received a five-minute major penalty for boarding and was given a game misconduct for his hit on Canadiens defenseman Jaroslav Spacek at 4:37 of the second period in Game 6 on Tuesday night at Bell Centre.

Spacek had control of the puck in front of the penalty box area when he quickly got rid of it just as Lucic applied the hit that knocked Spacek to the ice. He remained on the ice for a few minutes and needed to be attended to by a team trainer. He was able to skate off on his own, but was bleeding from the head.

After exiting the ice, Spacek returned to the game. Montreal went on to win 2-1 to force the deciding game.

Asked to assess the mood of the team headed into Game 7, Julien admitted "to be honest with you, I haven't seen those guys yet."

Following Tuesday's loss, the Bruins came home and didn't skate Wednesday morning. Julien did say that "[Tuesday] after the game, they seemed fine. The guys seemed ready for Game 7."

Asked what he will say to the team before the game, Julien once again played it close to the vest.

"You'll probably find out after the game, what I've done," Julien said. "I'm not going to stand up here and give away my approach to the game before it starts."

Joe McDonald covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com. Information from ESPNBoston.com's Brendan Hall was used in this report.

Joe McDonald

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