Toronto’s Jay Rosehill knows now that although Milan Lucic is a 30-goal, 30-assist man, the Bruins winger is no pushover in the physicality department.
The fight between Rosehill and Lucic last night in Toronto’s 4-3 shootout win at TD Garden was so great, it included two rounds, and is worth another look:
Earlier in the game, Lucic had entered an exclusive club with his offensive hands rather than his fists. His assist on David Krejci’s goal was his 30th of the year. Lucic became just the 10th player since the lockout with 30 goals, 30 assists and 100 PIM. He’s come a long way since early in the season when his scoring numbers were on fire but his penalty minutes didn’t look like they’d reach 100.
Before we all get carried away about potential 40- and 50-goal seasons in Lucic’s future, let’s just savor his breakout offensive year and hope that his rugged style doesn’t cause more extended injury absences like the one that kept him sidelined most of last season. If Lucic lands in the 30, 35-goal range and continues to keep some goons honest with his fists and bodychecks, the Bruins can take that for the length of his contract and beyond.