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Milan Lucic: With fans ‘calling for blood,’ players must execute
Posted By DJ Bean On December 21, 2010 @ 1:23 pm In General | No Comments
WILMINGTON — The Bruins, losers of four of their last five games, find themselves searching for answers as they try to find a balance of both consistency and emotion. After Monday’s 3-0 loss to the Ducks showcased a glaringly lethargic team, the B’s find themselves in an unflattering light around town. Fans are questioning coach Claude Julien , while the lack of a full team effort has resulted in expected media scrutiny. Amidst all the negativity, forward Milan Lucic  said the guys on the ice are the ones who ultimately have to produce if they want to right the ship.
“Everyone’s calling for blood, the media’s writing negative stuff about us, but we’ve got to have each other’s back and stick up for one another, and it’s all going to start from in here,” Lucic told WEEI.com Tuesday. “It’s got to be a team effort where all 20 guys are committed to putting in the work.”
Lucic said the team is aware of their struggles and that the effort is there to get the team in the right frame of mind come game time, but that there comes a point at which trying isn’t good enough.
“We try to do things to rally one another and pump each other up before the game. We’re saying the right things, it’s just a matter of going out there and doing them. That’s the main thing right now. Talk is cheap. You’ve got to go out there and do it.”
The 22-year-old leads the Bruins with 16 goals this season, but with the team struggling as badly as it has been, each of the top three lines saw major shakeups. Lucic, who had played with Nathan Horton  and either David Krejci  or Patrice Bergeron  all season, will now skate with Horton and Marc Savard .
“I’ve played with Savvy before, and Savvy’s obviously excited to play with Horton for the first time here,” Lucic said, while adding that “we’ll see what happens next game.”
“Hopefully we can create some chances and get some results.”
The Bruins need the latter more than anything right now.
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 Claude Julien: http://media.weei.com/hockey/claude-julien.htm
 Milan Lucic: http://media.weei.com/hockey/milan-lucic.htm
 Nathan Horton: http://media.weei.com/hockey/nathan-horton.htm
 David Krejci: http://media.weei.com/hockey/david-krejci.htm
 Patrice Bergeron: http://media.weei.com/hockey/patrice-bergeron.htm
 Marc Savard: http://media.weei.com/hockey/marc-savard.htm
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