Less than two months ago, there was Milan Lucic, a healthy scratch for only the second time in his professional career. His confidence was shot. His game was a mess. He had scored just twice in his last 27 games.
But he made no excuses. He blamed only himself. And he sat on April 20.
He has been a different player in these playoffs, a major force. And he was that again on Wednesday night, turning that drought of two-in-27-games into two-in-one-game. Lucic, who turned 25 this week, tallied the first two goals for the Bruins, as they went up by two goals on the Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, though they eventually fell to Chicago in triple overtime, 4-3.