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Lucic doesn’t want a repeat of last season’s first round against Wings

Apr 25, 2014, 9:28 AM EDT

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The Boston Bruins have seen this movie before.

A first round playoff series against a historical rival in which they take a 3-1 series lead after a thrilling overtime win in Game 4 on the road.

As Bruins forward Milan Lucic told reporters after last night’s 3-2 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings, he’d prefer they not repeat what happened last season against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

We were in this position last year, same thing, winning Game 4 in overtime in Toronto and we all know what happened after that,” Lucic said.

We sure do remember. The Maple Leafs stormed back to force Game 7. Of course, the Maple Leafs were up 4-1 in Game 7 before ultimately losing 5-4 in overtime and while that was a good thing for the Bruins, they’d ultimately not like to go down the same road with the Red Wings.

After all, Detroit just got captain Henrik Zetterberg back in Game 4 and knocking off the Wings before Johan Franzen remembers how to score goals would be a good thing for Boston.

If there’s something the Bruins have excelled at in recent years it’s learning lessons from the past. Don’t expect them to take the foot off the gas the rest of the way against the Wings.

  1. 101starmymedic - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    So long as the Submarine Squad is diving to its fullest, the Bruins will be just fine.

    • stixzidinia - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      Or the Nutcracker squad.

    • drewsylvania - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      The Wings will counter with the Stickholder Squad.

      • nosefacekillah - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:15 PM

        It really is remarkable how much they hold the stick. It seems like every play a Bruin player is fighting for possession of his stick. As in Montreal with embellishment this must be a strategy that is coached. And why not? There has been no calls for it. Perhaps it is no longer a penalty?

      • drewsylvania - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        It’s a penalty. It’s just selective enforcement of the rules that seems to happen in every sport.

      • 101starmymedic - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        It’s happening from both ends. Although, the Wings have a good reason for doing it, case point, The Dekeyser Dick Punch.

    • dial1911 - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      This just in: Sometimes humans will attempt to gain an unfair advantage in order to accomplish a task. SHOCKING NEWS!

    • drewsylvania - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      I love how we complain about diving. Teams dive because the refs a) won’t call diving, and b) sometimes won’t call penalties unless there’s some obvious reaction to the infraction.

      IOW, teams dive because it’s good strategy.

  2. terrier92 - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Bruins core players have a ton of recent playoff experience to draw on. They have lost four game 7’s since 08. Of course they have won a few series In game 7 also. Bottom line is this group has experienced just about all you can in SC playoffs. They know the sooner you eliminate an opponent the better. Not much will be new to them however experience only takes you so far. You need to execute

    • pastabelly - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      This is a much better team than the one that Toronto took to 7 and Chicago beat in the Finals. They play a harder game. I love Nathan Horton, but Iginla gives that first line more of a nasty edge. The other part of the edge is Soderberg. He’s a difference maker on the third line.

    • toiletclown - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      All we can hope for is a Rask meltdown.

      • infectorman - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      • ironyisadeadscene - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:09 PM


  3. nunan - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Worst thing for the wings is that the bruins have been in this position before. If teams use experiences as building blocks, the bruins are going to come out strong on game five to put this away. Same thing happened after the collapse in 2010. Same position the following year and put the nail in the coffin.

    • nosefacekillah - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      In case you haven’t heard, the wings have made the playoffs something like 172 years in row. It is a longer streak than any career. If you have been on the Wings you have experience. Also, as much as the pundits like to extol the youth in motor city, Boston is the younger team.

      • dtownbeatdown - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        You have the younger team on average by a half a year. But when it comes to young players fresh from the AHL the wings have everyone beat. We have 7 or 8 guys fresh from the AHL and might have even played in the AHL this seaosn. Not to mention drop Alfie and Bertuzzi and our average age would be like 23 lol.

        The Bruins are a solid team and a very complete team in the way they play. It will be a daunting but not impossible task to take this to 7. Even if we took it to 7 I still don’t like our odds. Boston is just that good.

  4. montrealbbr - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    I hope they go the full 7 games so it gives the Habs that much more time to rest up.

    • slaugin - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:35 PM

      I don’t think you want them to wait too long, some times its better to keep rolling

  5. ironmd778 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    It’s over. Detroit should just stay home.

  6. charlie24zz - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    This whole website is so pro-Bruins that it’s pathetic. All of you posters are literally blind as to how cheap and dirty your beloved Bears are. Don’t poke the bear! Or else what? Get speared in the ‘nads? If you even touch your behemoth Chara he’ll go flopping and diving as if he was shot (as per last night’s Bruins PP that lead to a goal).

    You even have the NHL disciplinary board on your side. No rational individual would give Lucic a 5K fine for his spear in Game 1. He should at least have gotten 2 or 3 games. But no, Jacobs has got Bettman in his back pocket.

    Karma comes around, I cannot wait until the Habs take it to your pathetic Booins next round. Habs in 6!!!

    • charlie24zz - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      For your viewing pleasure

    • toiletclown - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      They will lose this series.

    • montrealbbr - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      If the Bruins are lucky enough to get past Detroit they are going to get swept by the Habs! I will say maybe 5 games because Im sure the refs will let them get away with murder like usual and that is bound to give them at least one game. They couldnt keep up with us in the regular season and unless everyone got alot faster suddenly they wont be able to keep up with us now!

      Im really hoping that Subban lays out that diving rat Marchand!

      • drewsylvania - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        Do you seriously think Subban doesn’t dive as well?

      • the8man - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        Can’t look past the Wings to even properly address this….calling your shot before you even know the opponent?

        It won’t be hard to root for Detroit if they do beat Boston.

      • nhstateline - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        Subban’s not going to lay out anyone on the Bruins. They’d make him answer for it and he has no interest in doing that. And as for diving, as you might recall in the last game, Subban’s last of several dives irritated the officials so much they then called five straight penalties against the Habs. That was zebra message sending to knock it off.

    • drewsylvania - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Generalize much?

      Those glasses need cleaning.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      Please show us an instance where a player was suspended for what Lucic did.

      • charlie24zz - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        There hasn’t been any precedence for suspension of that cowardly act, but hey, new precedents are set all the time right? If I was Quintal, I would’ve given that punk 2-3 games…Bruins fans can stand idly by and not disagree with me – just shows you all like other dude’s nads!

      • ironyisadeadscene - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        There was no fine for Perry or Richards for doing the nut upper cut with their sticks (which i never see brought up by the Bruins haters). Lucic got a fine because the refs suck at their job and didnt give him a penalty.

        Go figure.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        You’re trying to tell me that in the history of hockey, no one had every hit a person in the groin with their stick?


    • drewsylvania - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      To think I was trying to speak to you as an adult. Shame on me I guess.

    • infectorman - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      • infectorman - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        This one’s for you Charlie24zz.
        So pro Bruins. a raahh, a rahhh….

        Habs just got done beating a Division 3 college goalie.

        Spare us, please

  7. crusty14 - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Really Charlie ? You think he dove when he couldn’t even see him coming from behind? No player ( with the exception of kovalev a few years back) would take a dive in the hope a penalty would be called, when a 2 on one would ensue if the call wasn’t made! Give your head a shake and take off the toilet seat shaped glasses!

    • charlie24zz - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      Bertuzzi GRAZED him from behind, while trying to get onside to get the puck in Boston’s zone. And Chara proceeds to commit an Oscar-worthy dive…you can’t tell me with a straight face that a 6’9 260 pound man can get taken off his skates that easily. Even your homer Boston announcers laughed at the call last night. And it wouldn’t have been a 2 on 1, at least 2 Boston forwards are backchecking and even with the puck carrier in that GIF.

      We all know what we saw. Chara that punk of a captain diving to draw a call. There’s no arguing me on that

      • drewsylvania - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:39 PM

        Actually, there is plenty of arguing to me made against your one-sided haterism. But why bother really?

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        Well Chara’s center of gravity is much higher making him easier and more susceptible to falling over so from a scientific point of view, you’re wrong.

      • drewsylvania - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        Well, Lucic has the highest COG on the team, and he never dives…

      • nhstateline - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        but it was an obvious flop by Chara. Ya gotta be fair about these things and that absolutely was a flop. I’ve never said the Bruins don’t do these things, they obviously do but nobody does it more than the bleu, blanc et rouge. That said, this series isn’t over yet. Detroit’s as formidable today as they were yesterday. As much as it’s fun to speak with Canadiens fans, the B’s aren’t playing them now.

      • ironyisadeadscene - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        Come on, it’s not like he got hit in the face by a ref and embellished to get a penalty or something….now THAT would be ridiculous

    • drewsylvania - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      I remember that decision by Kovalev. It was pure hilarity and cost the Habs the game. Reminds me of when Hasek flopped behind his net, only to have the other team score into the open net.

  8. charlie24zz - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Wtf is “COG”? Is that some fancy advanced stat to show how much of a punk he is?

    • drewsylvania - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      Center of gravity.

      • charlie24zz - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        Lucic is a good player, who wouldn’t want a 6’4 grinder with hands/playmaking/scoring skills on their team. He should just admit he fancies Emelin and DeKeyser, or play the game fair. It’s brutal to see that crap like that gets by with only a slap in the wrist by the league

      • charlie24zz - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        Lucic is a good player, who wouldn’t want a 6’4 grinder with hands/playmaking/scoring skills on their team. He should just admit he fancies Emelin and DeKeyser, or play the game fair. It’s brutal to see that crap like that gets by with only a slap on the wrist by the league

    • drewsylvania - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      Are you 14?

    • infectorman - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      try to keep up, a wipe the drool from your chin

  9. crusty14 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Hahahahaha you said nads! Good one beevis !

  10. crusty14 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Yes Drew it was hilarious ! I was watching the game with a good friend who is a habs fan, and he wanted to jump through the tv and strangle him! The Hasek one brings back fond memories too!

  11. joey4id - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Great to see Lucic step up publicly and help Chara with the leadership aspect. I did select Wings over B’s, but that said, I’m ok with either team winning. B’s vs Habs…. Should be a wild an crazy ride. Go Bruins! Go Wings! 7 game series anyone?

  12. amityvillefun - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Toilet clown and Montrealbbr each need a really strong rope and a wobbly broken chair, so they can end their Bruins hating ways once and for all. Just end it.

    The Habs suck. The way the approach the game sucks. Their coach is a snotty tool. There is so much to hate about that team. The act like they deserve to win everything – like a damn entitlement. The Bruins aren’t afraid to work for it.

    I hope the Bruins win tomorrow so they can line up the Habs and knock them senseless.

    BTW, the stick holding the other game by the Wings was absolutely atrocious. I guess when you are playing desperate, you gotta do what you gotta do. The Habs will probably be 1,000 times worse with the diving, crying, and phone calls to the cops because Chara and Lucic are on the ice. Waaaaaaaa!

    But that is looking ahead, and I won’t look past the Wings yet. They are historically too good of a team to ever look past.

    If Seidenberg was back and 100%, there isn’t a team that could match the Bruins right now.

    Practice those diving lessons Habs. You’re gonna need ’em.

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