People were complaining all season long that Bruins forward Milan Lucic wasn’t fighting enough and he wasn’t playing physical enough.
Luckily, Lucic didn’t give in to his detractors and kept his hands preserved for a 30-goal season, which led the Bruins in that department during the regular season.
Although his fight total dropped from 10 in his last full NHL season (2008-09) to seven this year, Lucic still did enough walloping to earn some accolades for more than his scoring. According to Scott Cullen of TSN.ca, Lucic was the best player among fighters (guys with five or more fighting majors) in the NHL this season.
In fact, the Bruins, who were second as a team with 71 fights, placed four players in the league’s top 10, according to Cullen’s ranking system. Nathan Horton (third), Adam McQuaid (sixth) and Gregory Campbell (eighth) joined Lucic in the top 10. Shawn Thornton came in at No. 15.
In the top 20, only the New York Rangers came close to the Bruins with three players ranked that high.
The moral of the story: the Bruins know how to find players that can put the puck in the net and land a punch. Other teams might try to duplicate the defending Stanley Cup champions’ success, so those who don’t like fighting in hockey might want to divert their eyes.