April 26th, 2013 by

Lucic showing signs of improvement

Lucic showing signs of improvement

Last Saturday in an important tilt against the Eastern Conference leading Pittsburgh Penguins, Milan Lucic was nowhere to be found, literally. Lucic was a healthy scratch for the first time this season, something that usually doesn’t happen to players who are set to become the teams highest paid forward at $6 million per season, starting next year.

The move was head coach Claude Julien’s way of telling the 220 pound, 6-foot-4 inch forward that he needs to be better.

Despite not finding the score sheet since returning to the lineup after being a healthy scratch, Lucic has been much better, especially last night where Lucic had arguably his best game of the season and showed signs of the old Lucic, the Lucic that the Bruins so desperately need.

“You know, I thought again tonight he did exactly what ignites our team and what ignites our fans,” said Julien after the Bruins’ 2-0 shutout against the Tampa Bay Lightning. “And you know, when he’s like that he’s at his best.”

Lucic saw 12:43 of ice time, but certainly made the most of it. Lucic registered a team-high four hits and dropped the gloves with Tampa Bay’s Keith Aulie, a move that sparked the Bruins and their fans.

“It’s one of those things that just kind of happened, so we were playing hard and playing physical,” said Lucic. “It’s just, it’s part of the game, and it was good energy tonight by everyone I think from start to finish.”

Coming off a season where he scored 26 times, Lucic has found the back of the net six times this season, and just twice in his last thirty games.

It’s no secret that with just two games left in the regular season and the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs set to begin next week, the Bruins need Lucic to get going, and need him to get going now.

“I certainly like the direction he’s taking, and if he keeps going that way we can’t ask for better timing I guess,” said Julien.

Obviously Lucic’s physicality and goal-scoring ability is what makes him such a special player. Both of those aspects of his game have gone missing this season, but the physicality was there for sure last night and that familiar feeling felt good for Lucic.

“It’s an important part of my game, and it’s a big part of what I bring to this hockey club, and I think from day one when I first got here that was the first thing that I established, and it kind of got away from me this year and that’s what I’m kind of hoping to bring back and if we can get some energy off that, that’s great, and that’s all I’m trying to do is do my best to help contribute to this hockey club any way I can,” added Lucic.

Some of the best hockey we’ve seen in the past from Lucic has come from an angry, motivated Lucic, No.17 realizes he needs to bring that fiery passion each night.

“Playing with emotion has always worked for me, so it’s up to myself to get myself going, and I kind of piss myself off before the game starts,” said a smiling Lucic.

There hasn’t been many smiles on the face of Lucic this season, the Bruins hope Lucic is smiling all the way through the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Check out Lucic’s post game video:

Share "Lucic showing signs of improvement" via

Add a comment

1 READERS COMMENTED

  1. Pingback: Bruins travel to DC eying Northeast Division title - Bruins Daily April 27, 2013 […] he didn’t appear on the scoresheet Thursday night, Milan Lucic is getting back to basics. The sixth-year forward led all skaters with four hits and dropped the gloves with Keith Aullie in […]

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

More in Daily News
Apr 17, 3 days ago

Six potential candidates for next GM of the Boston Bruins

The Bruins’ off-season isn’t even a week old, and one domino has already fell. On Wednesday, the team announced that they have relieved Peter Chiarelli of his General Manager duties after nine years on the job. Chiarelli’s track record will lik…

Apr 16, 4 days ago

Ten reasons why the Bruins aren’t playing playoff hockey

The 2015 NHL playoffs began Wednesday night. with a handful of entertaining games. Of of the 16 teams fighting to hoist Lord Stanley’s cup, the Boston Bruins are not one of them. The team dismissed GM Peter Chiarelli yesterday, architect of dec…

Apr 15, 5 days ago

Future remains uncertain for Claude Julien

After failing to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season, one could sense changes coming to the Boston Bruins. Would it be General Manager Peter Chiarelli? Would it be head coach Claude Julien? Could it be both? Well…