Milan Lucic breaks out of slump with two goals in Game 4 win
|05.07.11 at 2:09 am ET|
Friday night’s series-clinching win over the Flyers was special for everyone involved with the Bruins, but it was a little extra special for Milan Lucic. The team’s leading goal scorer during the regular season entered the game without a goal in the playoffs. In fact, he hadn’t scored in 20 games going back to the end of the regular season.
That drought finally came to an end when Lucic one-timed home a centering pass from Nathan Horton for a power-play goal 12:02 into the game.
“It was great,” Lucic said when asked how he felt after the goal. “It was a great feeling once I scored that goal just to get that monkey off my back and get that lead.”
Lucic wasn’t done, either. He gave the Bruins a 3-1 lead with 4:57 remaining in the game when he beat Sergei Brobovsky five-hole on a breakaway for his second goal of the night. That was the backbreaker for the Flyers, who had turned up the pressure after the Bruins made it 2-1 earlier in the third.
“That’s what it was all about here. We had to weather that storm,” coach Claude Julien said. “When you are desperate and you need to score to stay in the series, you know they are going to give it their best shot. … We did a great job until we got that third goal, which was a big goal. Certainly it relieved a lot of pressure.”
Lucic admitted that he got frustrated at times during the slump, but he credited his teammates for supporting him and helping him get through it.
“My teammates, especially my linemates with [David] Krejci and Horton, we’ve been able to create so much chemistry here,” Lucic said. “They had my back and they just told me, ‘It’s going to come. Just keep sticking with it.’ I tried my hardest not to get frustrated. There was a time there when I was really frustrated. But right now, obviously it feels good to step up and help the team win a big game.”
Assistant captain Mark Recchi said that sort of team unity is one of the biggest reasons the Bruins are where they are right now.
“That’s what good teams do,” Recchi said. “When you haven’t scored for a while, you tend to get tight. He’s a young kid and hopefully now he’s found a really good time to start getting hot. He’s been a great teammate to everybody else this year. When guys are struggling or they’re fighting to score goals, what good teams do is find ways to help him and take that pressure off of him.”
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