During the Bruins’ 4-1 win over the Red Wings in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, it seemed as if one of the Bruins’ top forwards, Milan Lucic, was not on the ice for as long as he usually is.
It turns out there may have been a medical reason for that, as the top line winger said after the game that he had suffered a laceration on his foot when he went into the boards during the second period, just before he scored the Bruins’ third goal of the game.
“I cut my foot up pretty good there with my own skate blade,” he said. “But luckily [I] didn’t get off [the ice]… [Torey Krug] made a great play to me, and [Jarome Iginla] made a great fake-shot pass to find me driving the net there.
“So good thing I stayed on the ice there and it ended up being a big goal to regain that two-goal lead.”
Lucic played 16:06, over two full minutes less than he did in Game 1, and less than his linemates David Krejci (20:33) and Iginla (17:12). His total was the second lowest among all of the top-6 forwards, with only Reilly Smith (14:17) logging less time on ice.
Lucic said that he got “a couple stitches,” to fix the cut, but added, to paraphrase the late Herb Brooks, “[the foot] is a long way from the heart, right?
“[I used] a little tape and aspirin to it to keep it warm,” he said.
The top line left winger has been one of the Bruins best performers this season, along with linemates Krejci and Iginla. He scored 19 points in 22 playoff games last spring and followed that up with 59 points in 80 games this season.
Whether his cut foot affects his play for the rest of the series remains to be seen.