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Video: Milbury jokes that Horton, Lucic ‘took regular season off’

Jun 3, 2013, 12:18 AM EDT

The Milan LucicDavid KrejciNathan Horton line is looking a lot like the trio that played an integral role in the Boston Bruins winning the Stanley Cup in 2013.

Krejci leads all postseason scorers with 19 points while Horton (15) and Lucic (11) are putting pucks in the net and throwing their big bodies around.

Horton, 28, has almost as many postseason points as he posted during the 48-game campaign (15 vs. 22) and Lucic, 24, found himself in the Boston Bruins doghouse as a healthy scratch. As impressed as Mike Milbury is by their postseason turnarounds, he couldn’t help but be sardonic about their earlier work:

While Lucic is under contract next season, Horton is likely hoping that a strong playoff run will obscure doubts about his consistency as unrestricted free agency beckons.

  1. hockeyflow33 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Not sure about that, Lucic spent most of the season initiating the other team’s breakouts with his turnovers

    • nunan - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      Isn’t that the point of the article? Did you read the headline?

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        My apologies for attempting to bring humor to the topic. I’ll try and make my posts devoid of such nonsense in the future

  2. capsfan19 - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Is there a conspiracy? Did the bruins win the cup already? (Yes, im going to be that guy the smart a$$)

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    “The line that won the Stanley Cup in 2013″ I guess I was right with my conspiracy theories…smfdh!

    • whatdapuck - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:37 AM

      As a Bruins fan I gave this comment a thumbs up.

      How about proofreading your posts, Obie? Your job is what us slobs do to kill time. Unacceptable to posts mistakes that a onceover can catch.

    • wingsdjy - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      Jeez, man. At least slap a Spoiler Alert up there.

  4. alswingman - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Main point is the Bruins threw the Pens off their game. If they clean up two on the road then it is lights out. Pens have to play like their back is against the wall but not get sucked into physical retaliation.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:37 AM

      Healthy hatred between fan bases (which more times than not I instigate) aside, I think the Pens did a decent job of not getting sucked into that. The only time the teams got sucked into things was when Crosby instigated it to try and get in Rask’s head and under the B’s skin. I also think the Pens did a good job matching physical play, which was evident by Chara picking himself off the ice more than once. What threw the Pens off their game was Rask…if he continues that, it will be very interesting.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:38 AM

        Let me qualify that by saying I do think there were dumb penalties, on both sides, and some acting, and some inconsistent officiating. But I don’t think the Pens stopped playing their game or gave up due to getting sucked into crap.

      • stratomaticfan - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:10 AM

        Maybe you should watch the game again and take off the anti-Bruins glasses. Pens didn’t match the physical play, they instigated it. Check out the hit stats (30+ to about 19 for the Pens).

        Pens brought the physical play in anticipation of the “Big Bad Bruins.” And then had the nerve to have Crosby whine about the officiating when they were the ones who actually instigating the majority of the physical play.

        Pens played right into the Bruins typical game. The B’s are the Big Bad Bruins, because they can dish it…and they can take it. But by Pittsburgh trying to beat them at their own game, they abandoned what normally makes them so successful…their speed and finesse game. They are clearly more talented up front, but when they slow the game down and focus on the physical play, they lose their advantage….especially against a sound defensive team like the Bruins.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:34 AM

        Ah, yes, the typical Crosby whining thing. You should really read and understand the questions asked of Crosby before you say that sh*t, it makes you look like a half-wit. Crosby said the officiating was inconsistent (and it was) and things tend to escalate in those games (and it did). He ended the interview with ‘we just need to focus on hockey’ (which they will). So you can keep all your ‘whining’ rhetoric to yourself.

        The only ‘big bad bruin’ on the ice was rask. Pens had one collapse on D, when Horton scored, but that wasn’t a bad game. The sure as hell didn’t abandon their game, they hit 3 posts, went an uncharacteristic 0-4 on the PP (which will be fixed), and Rask played great.

        You should stop giving credit where it’s CLEARLY not due.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:39 AM

        Oh – I also wanted to add that it’s cool you guys keep up on everything Crosby says. I’d love to follow it up with some sarcastic remark about something said by a Bruins player, but really, who cares what they say. I’m really not sure anyone even intervewed them.

      • stratomaticfan - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        Love your Power Play entitlement. Talk about not giving credit where due. B’s had top PP for most of the season and finished in the top 5. No guarantee that Pens will score on the power play even if they had twice as many.

        And I bet you’re one of the ones with clouded vision that think Marchand’s hit was the same as Cooke’s (not even close…it’s the difference between between the numbers right at the boards and a shoulder hit with a little distance (2 min was warranted to BM). Or maybe you want to whine about the “interference” on Marchand on the shorthanded breakaway. Marchand cut off the angle without initiating contact and Letang skated into him, did a picturesque, Kesler like windwill dive to try and sell the call….the ref smirked at the feeble attempt. Lucky he didn’t get an embellishment penalty there.

        This series could still go either way. I recognize the talent on Pittsburgh, but they should shut their yaps and make their points on the ice. That’s all that really matters now…isn’t it?

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        I’m starting to think it’s YOU that didn’t watch the game. The Pens had a ton of good scoring chances on the PP and whistled the puck wide.

        As for your idiotic comments regarding the Cooke/Marchand hits, you’re right…I do think that there was a difference. McQuaid intentionally put himself in harm’s way, Neal didn’t…oh and before you spout off with more crap, remember the league and your coach agrees.

      • stratomaticfan - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        I agree with you. He did put himself in a vulnerable position. He looked away to make sure where the puck was and wound up exposing his back. But Cooke had time to pull up and/or avoid hitting him between the numbers. But he never does. I’ll also agree Pens had chances on the PP. But they didn’t score. Part of that is good defensive play. Unless you want to claim temporary ineptitude of the Penguins (which I don’t buy).

  5. whatdapuck - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    That whole line was playing like GARBAGE the entire regular season. Now they’re making Klode look like an effin’ genius for sticking with them.

  6. ironmike778 - Jun 3, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    Millbury is right. They were horrible all year.

  7. jcmeyer10 - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Jokes?

  8. jacketsfan7 - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    I agree , but these guys are lighting it up in the playoffs

  9. pastabelly - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    I’ll give Horton somewhat of a pass, coming off of concussions. That line did have a rough season, but the whole team did. Let’s go down the line. Lucic, Horton, Ference, Kelly, Peverly, and Seguin all had rough seasons. McQuaid also hasn’t been himself after losing so much weight in dealing with his illness. Lucic was also probably correct in saying that, if the Bruins had lost to Toronto, there would have been big changes this offseason. That still may happen. Horton is a UFA and they could buy out or deal others.

  10. tlndma - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Yes, Horton and Lucic have stepped up their games. What we’re seeing, again, is how good David Krejci is. A steady, reliable player in his own end, who is a world class as playmaker. When his linemates put in the effort, it creates that little extra room for Krejci that allows his skills to shine.

    What will keep the Bs and others leary of signing Horton for big money or long term is his concussion history. He plays the game a little less physically now. He picks his spots to ramp up the physical play.Especially in the regular sason. He does have a great shot and good release and seems to be able to get open.

    As far as Lucic, when he brings his “A” game, the Bruins are a different team. It’s a long night for opposing defensemen when he does. The question is why doesn’t he “bring it” more often?

    I don’t think any serious Bruins fan thinks this series is by any means near over. Even if they win tonight, Pittsburgh is still capable of coming back and winning the series. There’s no quit in either of these teams.

  11. LampyB - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    I think the B’s came out and did exactly what they planned. Agitate and throw Pitt off their game (susceptible), play solid D and try to score a few.

    • tlndma - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      What the Bruins did was play hard smart hockey. They tried to defend first and create offense off of Pittsburgh mistakes. Pittsburgh brought the more physical game. The hits in the game weigh heavily towards the Penguins. That’s not to say Boston turned down many oppurtunities to be physical. They didn’t take themselves out of good position to do so though.
      Pittsburgh seemed hellbent on getting the Bruins off their game. The best way to do that is to get a two goal lead, not by pushing and whacking after the whistle. That will not rattle Boston. They know they need to stay out of the penalty box.
      I expect the Penguins to bring their skating game tonight. Rask will have to be sharp again. The first goal will be big. If Pittsburgh gets it, all will be well and their confidence will return. If Boston gets it, Vokoun may crumble.

  12. matthews4 - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Yeah, Yeah Crosby doesn’t whine at the refs , Chara, or anyone else DURING the game. I mean it’s not like he made hand gestures insinuating the officials should get glasses. It’s not like he got brave and shoved Chara FIRST when the official was right there to save him. All I am saying is he can act composed of the ice and make any valid point he thinks he has in a press conference, on the ice he is 3 year old who is not getting his way at a toy store. Seriously people after the last 2 years his behavior as a Captain on the ice has earned him the “Crybaby” title. He IS just that guy. It’s just like Cooke being reformed, actions speak louder than words, I think it’s safe to say that theory went right out the window Saturday. Pen Nation please stop ripping people for pointing out the obvious. There comes a point where you can’t defend the actions of these guys, nor should you. Every team has these guys, unfortunately for you he is your Captain, and unfortunately for hockey he arguably is the best player in the world.

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