This post is part of a series looking back at the top 10 games of the Bruins’ 2010-11 regular season.
The Washington Capitals entered the 2010-11 season as one of the favorites in the Eastern Conference and a potential road block for where the Bruins wanted to go.
Finishing up their season-opening four-game road trip — which started with two games in Prague and then continued in New Jersey — the Bruins got their first taste of the Caps in D.C. Oct. 19 and started off on the right foot with a David Krejci goal just 9:12 in.
But Krejci’s offensive production (he later added an assist) was greatly overshadowed by the all-around performance of Milan Lucic, who recorded his second career “Gordie Howe hat trick” in the message-sending victory. Lucic’s performance and the Bruins’ victory earned spot No. 9 on the list of top 10 regular-season games as picked by TheBruinsBlog.net.
Lucic, who had notched the secondary assist on Krejci’s goal, scored the goal on a rebound of a Johnny Boychuk shot with 8:03 left in the first period. And then came the fight.
With 9:23 elapsed in the third period and with the Bruins leading 3-1, Lucic answered the bell with fell NHL giant John Erskine.
(courtesy of hockeyfights.com)
Lucic more than held his own and the Bruins had let the Caps know in more ways that one that they were going to make the battle for Eastern Conference supremacy a fight. The Bruins were 3-1-0 vs. the Caps during the season, although Washington won the top seed in the East. Of course, the teams never got to square off when the stakes were raised because Washington was knocked out by Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
With his third goal of the season, Lucic was on his way to 30 scores. Although he finished with just seven fighting majors, he maintained his reputation as a power forward with his “hat trick” down in D.C.