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Milan Lucic on D&H

Posted By Ian Tasso On November 24, 2009 @ 2:44 pm In General | No Comments

Bruins forward Milan Lucic [1], who returned to the ice last week after missing roughly a month with a broken finger, joined the Dale & Holley Show on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the recent improved play of the Bruins, the impact of Marc Savard’s return and his decision to sign a long-term deal to stay in Boston.

A transcript of highlights is below. To listen to the complete interview, click here [2].

The Bruins are starting to look a little better. Are you guys happy with the effort the last few games?

Yeah, definitely. We were able to get on a little bit of a roll here, especially on the road, it’€™s a lot tougher winning on the road than it is winning at home, so for myself it’€™s just nice to get back in the lineup, get some wins, and move up in the standings a bit.

When you guys were struggling, did it ever cross your mind that effort was a problem? Would you simplify it and say yes, we just weren’€™t trying hard enough, was that the issue?

I think it was a consistency and ever since I’€™ve been back here the last few games I think that’€™s what we’€™ve improved on, giving a consistent work ethic throughout the game. We’€™ve been able to apply a full 60 minutes of playing hard, and sticking to the game plan, I think that’€™s what’€™s made us successful, and that’€™s what made us get the ball rolling again and get some wins.

How hard is it to come back off a long term injury and how long it takes to knock the rust off? Savard admitted he was a little rusty last night, you slipped right back into scoring goals when you came back into the lineup. Did you feel rusty?

I felt pretty good when I came back in. Me and Savard, our injuries were a little bit different. I was still able to skate, I had the broken finger there so my conditioning was still good and all that type of stuff. They did a really good job keeping me in shape ‘€“ the trainers, and whoever I was working with ‘€“ so when I came back, my conditioning wouldn’€™t be a problem. I’€™ve been able to fit back in nicely with that, and for myself when you’€™re not in the lineup for a long time, you’€™re just really excited and anxious to get back and I think that’€™s what I’€™m doing, playing with a lot of excitement and having a lot of fun.

Anybody who has ever played with Marc Savard [3] is usually very happy about it, those numbers go up when Marc Savard is on your side. What does he do that maybe a lot of us don’€™t see or that you have to know by playing with him?

Firstly, he wants the puck. He’€™s a guy that’€™s a puck possession guy and he wants it all the time. So he’€™s a guy that’€™s very demanding of himself and his line-mates that he wants results and he wants to go out there and contribute every night getting goals and assists, and the thing about him is he’€™s got eyes all around his head, it’€™s funny if you get open for him, he’€™ll find you even when you’€™re not looking at him. That’€™s what makes him such a great player, and for myself I was happy to play with him and have such a successful year with him last year.

Is it kind of like that off the ice too? If you’€™re walking somewhere and Savard is not looking, do you always feel like he cans see you? Does he always have that kind of vision?

Yeah, he’€™s always aware of his surroundings, that’€™s for sure.

This year was the last year of your entry level contract, and you made a commitment to this team. You signed a three-year contract extension with the Bruins through 2012-2013, why was it important to you to make the commitment and stay here?

It was an easy decision for me, I really wanted to stick around in Boston, I really liked how things were going and I really did like the organization and all the people around it. It’€™s a great city, it’€™s a great sports town and the fans are really another huge reason why I wanted to stay. They’€™ve been real great to us and to me since I’€™ve been with the Bruins, and it was just an easy decision to want to stay in Boston.


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