BOSTON — Everyone knew that Tyler Seguin’s shot in power-play practice May 16 had an impact on Bruins forward Milan Lucic’s right foot.
We just didn’t know how extreme that effect was.
Today during the Bruins’ break-up day at TD Garden, Lucic revealed that he played the rest of the Eastern Conference Final and then the Stanley Cup Final with a broken big toe.
“I’m sure you guys saw me limping around a little bit, but definitely it was tough to play through, but thank God for freezing and Novocain to make it feel good, and you know, it’s all healed up now, so it’s all good,” said Lucic.
A sinus infection that made him feel like he “had a cloud in my head” hampered Lucic’s first-round series with Montreal, when he recorded just two assists in seven games. Somehow he managed to fight through and finish the postseason with 5-7-12 totals without missing any of the team’s 25 games.
“I was letting the pressure of the expectations get to me. … I was forgetting all the things I did that led to me scoring 30 goals [during the regular season],” he explained about how he turned it up — he recorded seven points, including four goals, in the final two rounds — as the playoffs wore on.
Lucic is headed for offseason surgery to correct a problem with his sinuses. But his toe will just need some more rest. That the Bruins won the Stanley Cup is proof it was worth it for Lucic to ply his trade even when ailing.