NHL notebook: Bruins' Lucic fined $5,000 for spearing
• Bruins forward Milan Lucic said he has no plans to spear anyone else, which should come as a relief to the rest of the NHL. Lucic got away with the cheap shot of Friday's Game 1 when he stuck his stick between the legs of Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser and speared DeKeyser in the groin, without penalty. The NHL handed Lucic a $5,000 fine Saturday — half of the maximum allowed to a player — and Lucic, to his credit, sounded contrite. “It was kind of a heat of the moment thing when you're not thinking and you do something like that,” he said. “I've been in the league for seven years, and I think I've only done that three times. I don't know why I did it. I believe in playing within the rules, and for me, I definitely won't be heading down that road again.”
• NHL.com reported Bruins defensemen Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller, both of whom had the flu, practiced Saturday. Bartkowski practiced for the first time on the ice in a week, and Miller participated in his second practice in the past seven days. Coach Claude Julien said he didn't know if either will be able to play Sunday.
• Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said he doesn't expect leading scorer Matt Duchene to play in the first-round playoff series against Minnesota. Duchene has been out since damaging the MCL in his left knee when he ran into a teammate against San Jose on March 29. Roy said before Game 2 that he would be “very, very surprised” if Duchene returns against the Wild. The team originally announced Duchene would be out roughly four weeks, which would have put him potentially back for Game 5. Duchene, 23, led the team with a career-high 70 points.
— Wire reports
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