With the Bruins returning home after their loss in Detroit Wednesday night, the Bruins knew they needed to be much better than they were against the Red Wings. Better they were on Friday afternoon as Captain Zdeno Chara picked up his team, put them on his back, and carried the club to a 3-2 victory.
As the Blue Jackets rolled into TD Garden Saturday night the Bruins knew they needed to bring that same intensity that helped them pick up two points the day prior, and just like that very game against the Rangers, one of the team’s leaders picked up the team, put them on his back, and carried them to victory.
No Milan Lucic doesn’t have a ‘C’ on his chest, heck he doesn’t even have an ‘A’ on his chest, but don’t let that fool you. Lucic is a leader on and off the ice, and leading is exactly what he did in the Bruins 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night before a sold out TD Garden crowd.
Lucic’s two goals and highly entertaining fight with Dalton Prout were all the Bruins needed for their second victory in as many days.
“We talked about carrying it over from yesterday’s [Fridays win over the Rangers] emotional game” said Lucic. “It was good that it was here tonight so, obviously I think it was a full team effort from the goalie out and we talked about having a good strong game before this little break we have before the big game on Thursday coming up [at Montreal]. So, we ended off on the right note and other than that Detroit game it was a pretty good week.”
It looked like Lucic would become the second Bruin in two games to complete the Gordie Howe hat trick as it appeared his point shot was deflected by Jarome Iginla, but upon further review Iginla never touched the puck as it bounced off a Blue Jackets forward.
“No, no, no. I didn’t touch it. He was saying, ‘Hey, you know, if you touched it,” but I didn’t touch it” said Iginla.
“He had a great game. Krech [David Krejci] was flying too. It was a big fight [between Lucic and Dalton Prout], a couple big guys. He [Lucic] was skating well, and Krech, you could see they’re just starting to feel it again.”
With his tenth and eleventh goals of the season Saturday, Lucic now leads Patrice Bergeron by three goals for the team lead in goals. The pair of goals were certainly not the prettiest of goals, but Lucic will take them anyway he can get them.
Despite leading the team in goals, Lucic had been pressing a bit of late. Saturday’s goals were Lucic’s first in six games.
For the second straight game Bruins head coach Claude Julien was pleased with the play of his big power forward.
“Yeah I thought even yesterday, I told him he was skating extremely well and he was doing the right things” said Julien.
“I think the one thing I thought is that he was maybe gripping his stick a little bit tight there in certain areas and just to go out there and play. I say that to a lot of players when I feel that they’re a little tight- ‘Just go out there and play. Relax and play.’ And I think tonight he was determined that he was going to do that and I liked his game. He was shooting pucks and going to the right places. One off the shin pad, the other one made its way into the net. When you don’t shoot them over the net, they’ve got a better chance of scoring right?”
When Lucic is on he’s one of the best power forwards in the game. If Lucic can keep finding the back of the net like he has through 27 games, Lucic should have no issues scoring 30 goals for the second time in his career.