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Video: Lucic shows off speed, ends ‘frustrating’ cold streak

Mar 26, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 25: Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins celebrates a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the TD Garden on March 25, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Going into Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Milan Lucic had gone 15 straight games without a goal. That’s a huge cold streak for one of the Boston Bruins’ most valuable forwards.

“It was starting to get really frustrating going as long as I did without a goal,” said Lucic in a Boston Herald report.

The 24-year-old scored 56 goals over his previous two campaigns, but had just four goals and 17 points in 29 contests this season when the Bruins knocked him down to the third line during Sunday’s practice.

“You try so many different things,” said Lucic. “You start pushing and pushing, and when things don’t work you start second-guessing yourself. . . . You try not to be frustrated. You try not to let your frustrations weigh on your teammates. You try to remain positive.

“It was definitely coming to a point where that was hard to do.”

Well, that slump is over now. With his team down 2-0 midway through the second period, Lucic showed off his speed and then beat Leafs goaltender James Reimer one-on-one.

You can watch Lucic’s goal below:

That goal marked a turning point in Monday’s game. Boston went on to earn a 3-2 shootout victory over Toronto.

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    I’d call it mildly impressive at most (not a Lucic fan). I was enjoying watching the slide.

    I have to ask though – what the HELL was Franson doing there? I’ll give Lucic props for showing speed (sort of)…but that was the worst defense I’ve ever seen? Franson shot out to his right as if he was taking the pass…but there wasn’t anyone there to defend against? I’m wondering if he slipped, he didn’t want to get in Lucic’s way, or if that was just bad, bad defense.

    • bekay19 - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      you actually took the time to write this post??? typical bitter leafs fan. sorry your team sucks, should be any day now when you guys start to slowly slip out of the playoff picture.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        I’m a Leaf fan? haha typical Boston fan…anyone who doesn’t like the Boston players is just bitter….right?

        No, I’m not a leaf fan, and had zero preference about who won this game. I would point out that Boston is what…fourth in the conference, while the Leafs are in 6th? I think you might be tooting your horn a bit loudly, especially after a shoot out. If the Leafs suck, Boston didn’t show much either.

        I’m a Pens fan – we beat Boston twice, so “bitter” is one thing I’m not. Just not a Lucic fan, I think he wasn’t scoring because he was trying to hard to be a scumbag and leaving the scoring to the rest of the team. That’s just my take. If you interpret that as “bitter”, well, more power to you – doesn’t much matter to me!

    • sabatimus - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      Actually, there was little Franson could’ve done about it. Lucic schooled him.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        Possibly. But I don’t think “get out of the way” is in many defensive playbooks. Maybe it just looks bad from the video.

    • sabatimus - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Erm…the Bruins had over double the scoring chances last night and are 7 points ahead of the Leafs with 2 games in hand on them. And they are tied in points with the Canadiens, who are second overall in the conference to the Leafs’ sixth. Yes the score itself was close, but that’s how it rolls sometimes; to say that Boston didn’t show much pretty well indicates you either can’t evaluate hockey that well or didn’t watch the game.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        Fair enough – and you are right I did not watch the game – just the highlight. And I didn’t say the Bruins suck, was only responding to Bekay’s someone low class retort about the Leafs being from suckland. I only mention it because when a fan says a team sucks, generally it’s not after a shootout win in which a point was also given to the other team.

      • sabatimus - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        Well spoken. At least you admitted you didn’t watch the game. And you’re right: that was indeed a low-class retort.

    • habsman - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Did you get a gander at the defensive prowess of Phaneuf on Bergerons goal? He stood in front of Reimer waving his stick like he was conducting a band.

      • drewzducks - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        This is tough for me to say but that’s hilarious.

      • homelanddefense - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        when you make actual unbiased hockey takes you really arent that bad.

    • scalfor3 - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Hockeywithdrawal: Well your theory is wrong, since Lucic hasn’t been hitting anyone during this cold stretch either.

      • drewzducks - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        Have to agree Scal. Seems like since the Thornton beat down they’ve been “out-physicaled” more often than not. Pitt clearly has no fear of the Bs style of play nor does Buff, Ott or Tor with the roster changes they’ve made this offseason. The Habs can just ignore the Bs b.s. with their skill level, putting them on equal footing with us. People who have predestined a Bs Pitt conf final better wake up to the very slim margin of error that this team seems to have this year.

    • ironyisadeadscene - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      No, worst defense was on Bergeron’s goal. Phanuef decided to keep goalie company while Bergeron was 2 feet away with the puck….and scores on a backhander

      • ironyisadeadscene - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        Like habsman just said….whoops, didnt read down

  2. jacketsfan7 - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Glad to see him get back on his game like doughty

  3. homelanddefense - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    This is what makes Lucic so frustrating, its clear to anyone who watches him that he has a ton of talent. He is capable of that play, he just doesnt do it consistently. He takes games off, and its frustrating. The big contracts and the cup win totally killed his drive.

    I love him when he cares, he just doesnt seem to care all that much. Its a shame too, because when he is on his game no one really wants to play against him.

    • sabatimus - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      Did you notice how Julien changed the lines back to normal after his goal? I thought that was WAY too fast. Lucic got his goal on the 3rd line; why not stick with it for a bit and see what else happens?The last time Julien tested Lucic (by calling him out), Lucic did very well the following game and then went back to being crummy. Also, it’s not like the Bruins had the game in hand, even though they outplayed Toronto.

      • tlndma - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:59 AM

        I agree. I’m skeptical this one game, means Lucic is now going to be more consistent. When he has it going, he can change a game. Most defensemen want nothing to do with him when he’s skating and banging. Unfortunatley that is about 1 out of 10 games. This is not new this season, either.
        Hockeywithdrawal, if you want to see bad defense, find video of Bergeron’s goal in this game. Phaneuf plays it like there is a player at the far post but, there isn’t. This gives Begeron all day to get of a backhander.

      • habsman - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        I said the same thing above before I noticed your post. He just waves his stick and allows Bergeron to move into the slot for an easy shot on net. Worse play than Franzens IMO.

    • alswingman - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:29 AM

      I don’t think he mails it in ever. It’s just hard to score goals. You need breaks and you need to finish plays. Lucic is not my favorite guy but that was a nice finish.

      • homelanddefense - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        he definitely mails it in. Watch him when he doesnt have the puck. He is constantly coasting around and not using his feet. And its not just scoring, he isnt hitting either.

  4. homelanddefense - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    sabatimus, I agree completely. I was watching the game at a local watering hole, and me and my friend both said the same thing. Leave him there a bit. Heck, if Horton doesnt start playing better maybe he should be dropped too.

  5. nunan - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    When the Bs sign Iginla, top two lines as follows:

    17-46-19
    63-37-12

    Could make for a talented third line as well, depending on whether Horton and Peverley stick around and how effective Soderberg is when he gets here.

    Wishful thinking, at least..

  6. kotteintheslot - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Great goal but I had to mute it. Jack Edwards…

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