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Milan Lucic fined $5K for obscene gesture

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In the continuing tale of inconsistent NHL discipline, Milan Lucic will not be suspended.

"My fine is thiiiiiis big"
"My fine is thiiiiiis big"
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

After making a gesture that mimed masturbation, then raising an imaginary Stanley Cup above his head, the Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic has been fined $5,000 by the NHL, after Mike Murphy reviewed the tape, according to Sportsnet's John Shannon.

This was the expected result, the NHL couldn't let it slide completely, but Mike Murphy is notoriously light on suspensions, remember that he was the one who let Zdeno Chara off completely free after breaking Max Pacioretty's neck.

However this is yet another case of the NHL ignoring precedence. James Wisniewski was suspended two game for miming oral sex at Sean Avery, and although the homophobic connotation of Wisniewski's actions made them worse, it's impossible to justify going from a two game suspension to a slap on the wrist fine, especially with Lucic's long disciplinary history.

The fact that Lucic was given a misconduct after the Canadiens scored an empty net goal should also have factored in, considering the general behaviour of the Bruin, a $5K fine is essentially nothing.

Also ignored was Brad Marchand spearing P.K. Subban in the groin, something that has become a go-to strategy for the Bruins, yet another cheapshot tactic the league needs to crack down on, yet refuses to.