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…)
BOSTON — This is the Milan Lucic, the two-way threat, the Bruins expected to be providing them with a punch all season now that he’s a third-year pro.
Of course, two serious injuries that keep a guy out of the lineup for 32 games have a way of sidetracking development.
But healthy and confident once again, the bulky Bruins winger is making life difficult for opponents when he has the puck and when he wants to take it. He showed both of his best attributes — his hitting and puck-protection — just before he scored the game-winning goal with 2:57 left in regulation tonight at TD Garden in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series with Philadelphia.
In the Bruins’ Game 2 and 4 victories over Buffalo in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Sabres, Boston head coach Claude Julien shifted left winger Milan Lucic to a line with Steve Begin and Shawn Thornton for the third period and added Daniel Paille to the left of center Patrice Bergeron and right winger Mark Recchi.
It looks like Julien will start tonight’s Game 5 with that alignment that has worked so well.
BOSTON – Whenever Milan Lucic isn’t playing “Milan Lucic-brand” hockey, head coach Claude Julien uses the same ploy to get the bulky winger’s attention.
Julien moves Lucic to a line opposite fellow gritty winger Shawn Thornton on the other side of whoever is serving the Bruins as the energy-line center of the moment. And the maneuver usually works because it wipes Lucic’s slate clean and reminds him what he has to do to be an effective forward.
“From talking to a lot of people, everyone always says when I get my feet moving, everything else tends to work,” said Lucic today at TD Garden after acknowledging that Thornton’s presence helps his cause. “So I’ve just got to focus on keeping my feet moving and everything else tends to fall into place for sure.” (more…)
For those still bitter that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli didn’t make a giant splash at the trade deadline, take heart.
Three weeks after that deadline, the Bruins have added Tomas Holmstrom.
While they didn’t steal away the five-time 20-goal-or-more scorer from Detroit, they did empower Milan Lucic over the weekend to do his best Holmstrom impersonation over the weekend in their 5-0 win over Calgary. With the success Boston had with the man advantage – three extra-attacker goals – the Bruins should keep Lucic as part of their power-play package tonight against Buffalo and however long the 2009-10 season lasts. (more…)