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…)