Lucic: ‘A little bit of a monkey off my back’

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Bruins left winger Milan Lucic was the Game 2 hero tonight for the Bruins, scoring the winning goal after turning and firing on a bouncing puck with under three minutes to go in regulation time at the Garden.


“It feels great,” Lucic said in the locker room after the game. “It was a real big situation here and it was an opportunity for us to go up 2-0 in the series and get the game winner for that is a great feeling, happy about it, but not satisfied, and just gotta push and want more.”

“As a team, we apply the pressure, I think that’s when we are at our best, so no matter who you are playing, when you win puck battles and puck races, you’re giving yourself a chance to score and create opportunities,” Lucic said. “So on that goal, we did whatever we could to keep the puck in and win puck battles and that’s why it found a way in…

“We did a great job keeping our feet moving and having that relentless work ethic in the offensive zone to win puck battles and puck races,” Lucic said of his linemates that kept the pressure on the Flyers in the closing minutes of the game. “We were able to do that and kind of a lucky bounce, dropped right there in front of me, I just turned around and shot it and it found a hole.”


More from Lucic:

On the winning goal:
“If I could have got it past the defenseman, it had a chance to go in… It’s great to be able to contribute like that, and score a big goal like that. A little bit of a monkey off my back, and I just have to try to build off it… My whole thought process was to just get it on net, turn and shoot and get it on net. Luckily it found a hole… To score a game winner in the playoffs is obviously a great feeling. Hopefully we can take advantage of that.

On playing at home:
“It’s your home rink. You gotta take advantage when you have home ice here in the playoffs especially. We knew how important this game was for us and we wanted to do everything we can to go up 2-0 in the series. Maybe we dodged a bullet a little bit here in the areas we need to get better, we know that, but we just have to sharpen up our game a little bit.”

On playing with Krejci and Satan:
“He’s a guy when he gets a puck on his stick he makes things happen, but he also likes to keep it simple and I think that’s where I fit on that line… they get me moving and they like to use me real well… these last few games that I’ve been with them have been my best three games of the playoffs so far. It’s just something that just clicked right off the start and I guess I got to keep it up.”


On Miroslav Satan:
“He’s finding ways to score goals and that’s the reason why he was brought on this team to provide and produce and score goals, so he’s done a great job with that. He’s on the top of his game right now, playing with a lot of confidence and that’s why he’s been successful.”

On if he could have made that game-winning play on his bad ankle earlier this year:
“I don’t know. Obviously a turn like that puts a lot of torque on the ankle and it hasn’t been fun playing with that when I first came back but it’s gotten a lot stronger now and I’m not thinking about it anymore.”

On his big hit on Ryan Parent before the game winner:
“I gotta keep doing that, keep my feet moving. I think that was a big reason why I was able to establish that forecheck and win puck battles, is because I was able to keep my feet moving. For myself, I just have to try be that presence and bring that every shift, every night, and good things will have happen.”

On his continued improvement:
“I feel like I’ve been skating a lot better and I think that’s why my game’s gotten better. It’s funny how everyone always says I’m not the best skater but I feel like when my feet are moving and I am skating, I’m most effective so I just have to keep that up and everything else will fall into place.”

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