Before Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien called out Max Lapierre of the Vancouver Canucks for making a "mockery" of the NHL's decision not to suspend Alex Burrows for biting the finger of Patrice Bergeron. Lapierre, as you already well know, stuck his finger in Bergeron's face during Game 2 on Saturday.
Julien talked about how he doesn't control what the Canucks do, and how if they want to make a joke out of the NHL's ruling, that's their prerogative. He also said it "wouldn't be acceptable on our end" if one of his players did the same thing.
So what about how Milan Lucic did the same thing in Game 3 to Burrows? Here's what Julien, to his credit, said after the his team's big 8-1 victory on Monday night in that Game 3.
"Well, I'll tell you what," Julien said. "I said this morning that I wouldn't accept it on our team. It happened a couple of times tonight. They've been told that I don't want any of that stuff. You know, like I said, you 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, as you mentioned, I don't want to see."
Good for Julien, good for the Bruins.