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Milan Lucic breaks out of slump with two goals in Game 4 win

05.07.11 at 2:09 am ET
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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.

‘€œIt was great,’€ Lucic said when asked how he felt after the goal. ‘€œIt 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.

‘€œThat’€™s what it was all about here. We had to weather that storm,’€ coach Claude Julien said. ‘€œWhen 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.

‘€œMy teammates, especially my linemates with [David] Krejci and Horton, we’€™ve been able to create so much chemistry here,’€ Lucic said. ‘€œThey 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.

‘€œThat’€™s what good teams do,’€ Recchi said. ‘€œWhen 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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