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Milan Lucic misses morning skate, but will play Game 3 vs. Lightning

05.19.11 at 1:08 pm ET

TAMPA — Bruins forward Milan Lucic was not on the ice for Thursday’s morning skate at St. Pete Times Forum, marking his second straight absence from a morning skate after getting hit on the right foot by a Tyler Seguin shot in Monday’s practice. Despite whatever discomfort Lucic may be feeling, coach Claude Julien confirmed after the skate that the team’s regular-season leader in goals will be in the lineup Thursday night vs. the Lightning.

“There’s no issues,” Julien said of Lucic. He’s going to be in tonight. “During the playoffs, there’s certain things you do, and you give guys time off for whatever reason. He’s going to be in there, and there won’t be any excuses to his game at all. ‘€¦ There’s very minor issues when it comes to that.”

Mark Recchi did skate for the B’s, marking the first time this postseason that the 43-year-old has not taken his option to have the morning off. Recchi’s linemate in Brad Marchand admitted his surprise to see the veteran out on the ice.

“I actually did [a double-take],” Marchand said after the skate. “In the 3-on-0 [drills] there, he lined up with us, and I [squinted] like, ‘Is that Rex over there? What’s he doing out here?’ It’s always fun to see him out there. I love watching him.”

On a more serious note, Marchand pointed to Wednesday’s day off as a reason why Recchi skated with the team Thursday morning.

Read More: 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Claude Julien, Mark Recchi, Milan Lucic
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