Lucic looking forward to leading Bruins into hometown invasion

Lucic/By S. Bradley

BOSTON — Milan Lucic might be lining up a new endorsement deal with the advice he’s been offering friends and family in Vancouver when they request tickets for the upcoming Bruins-Canucks Stanley Cup Final.

“I just tell everyone, ‘Stubhub.com.’ That’s your best option, don’t come to me,” said the Bruins forward today at the TD Garden.

Lucic was among those players that stayed off the ice for a second straight day since the Bruins defeated Tampa Bay in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final. While off the ice, maybe he was offering dining and sightseeing advice to his teammates, who all know that Lucic is a Vancouver native and folk hero for his efforts in carrying the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League to the Memorial Cup championship in 2007.

Even before his arrival back in Vancouver for Wednesday’s Game 1, Lucic is earning converts to the Bruins’ cause.

“Yeah, I mean, obviously everyone’s excited back home. They’re excited for us and for myself that we get the chance to play in the Stanley Cup Final here,” Lucic explained. “And like I said, it was funny, they told me all my friends went out that Friday night cheering “Let’s Go Bruins” in downtown Vancouver. That was pretty cool to hear from them. Like I said after the game it’s a special feeling to be able to have this opportunity but going into it feels the same as going into any other series, so we’re treating it the same way we’re going about things like we have all season long and we’re looking forward to it.”

Lucic enjoyed his Vancouver homecoming in the regular season with a 1-2-3 performance in a Boston win. He’s hoping he can build off of that now that the Cup is on the line.

“Yeah for sure, there’s always that adrenaline. Last game and the first time I played in Vancouver against the Canucks you kind of get that nervous little butterfly feeling in your stomach playing there and I’m sure it’s going to start that way too,” he said. “But I just have fun I guess when I’m playing at home. You know it’s always special to be able to play in front of your parents and your family, you know, and I just try to make them proud.”

He can make the folks in Vancouver proud, and the fans in Boston even prouder, if he can create the desired result for the Bruins in this best-of-seven series.

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