BOSTON — All we know for certain now on the night before Christmas Eve is that Freddy Meyer’s high hit on Milan Lucic in tonight’s 4-1 Bruins win at TD Garden earned the Atlanta defenseman elbowing and roughing minor penalties, and Lucic earned a game misconduct and match penalty for his response.
BOSTON – Fans and media types alike rarely get to glance behind the scenes of an NHL franchise the way the HBO cameras are documenting the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins’ trial and tribulations for the 24/7 show leading up to the 2011 Winter Classic.
Last week, I declared that Bruins winger Milan Lucic might be the best power forward in the game right now.
Milan Lucic knows his penalty-minutes total is down.
Through 27 games, Lucic leads the Bruins in goals (15) and points (25) but his PIM total reads just 28. However, the 22-year-old left winger isn’t taking his depressed penalty-minute pace as a slight on his manhood.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — Bruins forward Milan Lucic figures that had the cut he received on his wrist from Tyler Ennis’ skate blade Tuesday night in the win over Buffalo gone another millimeter longer, he would’ve been headed for the emergency room instead of the Sabres’ net.
WILMINGTON, Mass. – Even though the Bruins’ game in Philadelphia Wednesday night might mean more to David Krejci than many of the rest of his teammates who also suffered that historic defeat to the Flyers last spring, he knows he has to channel his energies when he hits the ice on Broad Street.
BOSTON — Milan Lucic did his part this afternoon to try to get the Bruins off to a better start against Carolina than any they’ve had recently.
Lucic fired three shots on net and threw one hit, but he and his teammates still went to the dressing room down 1-0 after 20 minutes and 12-6 shots advantage.
BOSTON – These days, getting moved to a line with Bruins winger Shawn Thornton probably means you have a hot scoring hand or head coach Claude Julien is looking to jump start your offensive game.
BOSTON — The last time Milan Lucic and Mike Komisarek were on the ice at the same time, Komisarek was sent off the ice after receiving a cross-checking major penalty and a game misconduct in the third period of Game 4 of the ’09 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between Boston and Montreal.
He didn’t rip through his equipment and uniform at the 9:23 mark of the Bruins’ 3-1 win at Washington tonight, but Milan Lucic did get pushed over the line and finally threw down with Capitals giant John Erskine in a bout that ended with a takedown by the Boston winger.
BOSTON — Injuries not only limited Milan Lucic’s offensive production in 2009-10 but also his fight total.
The Bruins winger registered just four fighting majors last season after racking up 10 the season before. Only two of those fights (plus one in the postseason) came after Lucic suffered a high ankle sprain.
BOSTON — There’s a tendency in Bruins Land to put the onus for turning the Bruins’ offense around this season on the shoulders of the likes of Blake Wheeler, Michael Ryder and a few other guys that suffered a drop-off in 2009-10.
Wheeler gets ridiculed because he doesn’t use his size the way Boston fans want, and Ryder is ripped for stealing $4 million from the Bruins. But Milan Lucic? He tends to be let off the hook.
BOSTON — Bruins winger Milan Lucic’s ankle, which when sprained last season knocked him out of the lineup for 17 games until early January, is one of the most asked about body parts on the Bruins these days.
After practice today at TD Garden, Lucic — who skated on a line with Ryan Spooner and Kirk MacDonald — talked about how he has healed pretty well after struggling to find his comfort level post-injury last season.
There were times two years ago that we thought nothing would stop Milan Lucic from becoming a dominant power forward and ascending to elite all-around status in the NHL.
This season, we found what it would take to slow Lucic — injuries. The bulky left winger was barely getting his legs back after returning from a broken finger in November when he suffered the dreaded high ankle sprain, which has been the bane of many a hockey player at every level for decades. (more…)
PHILADELPHIA — One second Milan Lucic saw his center David Krejci get leveled by Mike Richards at the Boston blue line, and the next the Bruins left winger saw the puck heading toward the Philadelphia blue line for a scoring opportunity.
A multi-faceted threat like Lucic, who’s expected to provide both scoring and toughness, obviously faced a dilemma at a critical juncture of the first period of Wednesday night’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Flyers. (more…)