Claude Julien upset by Bruins' taunting
BOSTON -- Boston Bruins forwards Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi both taunted Vancouver Canucks players during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals on Monday night at TD Garden, and both were given an earful after the game by coach Claude Julien.
Recchi stuck his gloved finger near the mouth of the Canucks' Max Lapierre and Lucic stuck his bare fingers near the mouth of Alex Burrows in Wednesday's 8-1 victory, both in reaction to Burrows biting the finger of Patrice Bergeron in Game 1 and Lapierre taunting Bergeron in Game 2.
On Monday morning, Julien was asked about the biting incident and subsequent taunting and said he would not accept anything like that from his players, calling Vancouver's gesture a "mockery." After the game, he expressed disappointment in his players' reaction.
"They've been told that I don't want any of that stuff," Julien said. "You've got to live by your words. It was disappointing for me to see that happen after what I said this morning. But part of it is my fault for not bringing it up to the guys. They did it. Emotions got the better of them. I'm going to stand here and say I'm not accepting it. The guys have been told.
"I don't want that stuff in our game. I think we have to be better than that. Emotions are running high. It was a very physical game. There was a lot of stuff going on. You can live with that kind of stuff. But the other stuff, I don't want to see."
Both Lucic and Recchi acknowledged they heard about it from Julien after the game.
"He said he doesn't like that kind of stuff, and as a player you agree with it," Lucic said. "It's something that happens in the heat of the moment. He definitely gave me some heat about it and I agree with him. It's not the type of team we are to do things like that. It's not the type of player I am to do things like that, to stoop to that level. We're a classy team and we want to remain that way."
Recchi said the players did not know about Julien's comments earlier in the day.
"I got in trouble for that," Recchi said. "Coach gave me heck for that. We didn't know this morning that he said something. It's emotional out there, but it won't happen again. It's an emotional game and you get involved."
Burrows said after the Canucks' loss that gestures and chirping like that does not bother him.
"Move on and get ready for the next game," he said.
Joe McDonald covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.