BROSSARD, QUEBEC – The last time the Bruins saw Canadiens right wing Dale Weise, he was having an extra-special handshake line discussion with Milan Lucic. Apparently, in the five months since that handshake, Weise has changed his opinion of the Bruins forward.

Or so he said on Thursday morning.

“He’s an emotional guy,” Weise said at the Canadiens morning skate at the Bell Sports Complex. “If he were to have shook my hand and been happy about losing, I would have lost respect for him.”

That wasn’t exactly what he said in the immediate aftermath.

Then, after the Canadiens had eliminated the Bruins in seven games in their second-round series, Weise told reporters, “Even in the handshake they had a couple of guys – or, sorry, just one – that couldn’t put it behind them and be a good [loser]. Milan Lucic had a few things to say to a couple guys.”

When asked to be more specific, Weise added, “You look at a guy like Shawn Thornton who has been around the league and he plays hard and he plays that role and he had good things to say to everybody. He won with class and Milan Lucic just couldn’t do that. Well, I won’t get into what he said, it’s just a poor way to lose.”

The handshake line exchange took what had already been a highly emotional series and ended it on an even more emotional note, with Lucic calling Weise a “baby” after being told of Weise’s postgame comments.

That brings the teams to Thursday night, when they’ll face off for the first time since that series in May.

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