No excuses from Lucic about gaffe that cost Bruins in Game 4

Lucic/By S. Bradley

BOSTON — Never mind his willingness to own up to his mistakes.

Milan Lucic is even willing to add to the list of things he did wrong leading up to Tampa Bay’s game-winning goal in yesterday’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final in Tampa.

Asked today on an off day at the TD Garden before tomorrow night’s Game 5 what went wrong when he coughed the puck up to Ryan Malone at the Boston blue line before Simon Gagne put the Lightning ahead early in the third period, Lucic rewound the play even farther.

“Even before that, with [Victor] Hedman having that chance. As a winger you need to stop in my position, and I didn’t do that,” said Lucic about a play that resulted in a Tomas Kaberle blocked shot. “But then I got the puck, I saw two guys open in the neutral zone. And I didn’t see Malone, and obviously it was costly. Again, it was almost like I was trying too hard to make up for my mistake and if I had just stopped in front in my position, I wouldn’t have left a 2-on-1 right in front of the net. That was basically it.

“Mistakes happen. Games are won and lost by little mistakes like that. And I don’t want to think too much about it, I just want to make sure I’m ready to play going into next game so the same thing doesn’t happen.”

Lucic is hoping his short memory proves as effective as his accountability. And that his teammates take the same approach after squandering a 3-0 lead in Game 4.

“I don’t think you can afford to look back,” he said. “If you dwell on the loss, if you focus on the negatives and all that type of stuff, obviously you need to go over them and learn from them. But if you dwell on it and let it bring you down, it’s slowly going to make things worse. In the playoffs, it’s not time to start second-guessing yourself or anything like that.”

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