Milan Lucic isn’t worried about big, bad Canadiens: ‘We’re not frustrated with what happened’ in Game 6
|05.13.14 at 1:52 am ET|
MONTREAL — Forget the fanned shot in the opening two minutes on a perfect feed from David Krejci. Forget the wide-open net he missed later in the first period. And forget Montreal’s Dale Weise mocking his physique by making a muscle with his right arm in front of the Canadiens bench.
What you should understand, according to Bruins first-line forward Milan Lucic, is that these Bruins haven’t panicked all season and they’re not about to start now.
In a 4-0 blanking Monday night in Game 6, the Canadiens used a little bit of Boston’s physical style of play to establish their own dominance, and now it’s up to the Bruins to return the favor Wednesday night if they hope to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
“You hope that it does but you know it’s not going to be easy,” Lucic conceded. “You fought all season long to get home-ice advantage for situations like this and now you have to go out and get it.
“They obviously bared down on their chances and put it in the back of the net. We can’t dwell on anything going into a Game 7. This is, for guys that have been around her for a couple of years, this is the ninth one since 2008, so that’s all we’re looking forward to right now. We’re putting everything else behind us. We know one game and winner moves on.”
Lucic had no fewer than three great chances all alone in front of Carey Price and whiffed on all three. That can’t happen again if they want to be playing this weekend against either the Penguins or Rangers.
“We capitalize on a chance there, it’s a different game,” Lucic said. “We’re not frustrated with what happened here today. We were able to establish some very good zone time and stuff like said. Not more to talk about than looking forward to Game 7.
“Bouncing puck, overshoot it. It’s just one of those plays you get nine out of 10 times. Today was the one you didn’t get. If you get the same opportunity next game, you have to make sure you bury it. We kept pushing and tried to get ourselves back in it. But there’s nothing more to talk about than get ready for Game 7 and that’s where our focus is. That’s basically all I’ve got.”
That’s all the Bruins had in Game 6, words and explanations for where it all got away.
“We’re confident and we’ve been a confident group all year long and we’ve play well in big games and this is the biggest one so far this year,” Lucic said. “We have to bring our best when we need it the most. That’s the most important thing. You have to play your best hockey when it matters most.”
Weise and Lucic got into it late when Weise made a gesture with his biceps. Lucic was escorted off the ice, but not before he was pelted with paper cups.
“It wasn’t frustration or anything like that,” Lucic said. “Just a scuffle and nothing more than that.”