BostonBruins.com - The Bruins brass knows it, the fans know it, and Milan Lucic knows it: As he goes, so does his team. When the big, bruising forward has his way on the ice, the results are generally positive for the B’s.
So it came as no surprise Monday night that, in the midst of the Bruins third period comeback in a series-deciding Game 7, Lucic was at the forefront leading the charge for Boston.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been part of a game that was anything like that,” Lucic said in the locker room during the postgame. “When you’re looking at the clock wind down with half a period left at 4-1 you start thinking to yourself, ‘Is this the end of this group here?’
“Because it probably would have been if we didn’t win this game, but you’ve got to have bounces.”
Instead, the imposing 6-foot-4 forward kept banging bodies and doing the things that General Manager Peter Chiarelli said make Lucic a “prototypical Bruin.” In the final 20 minutes of regulation, the rugged forward landed seven hits, including one on Toronto defenseman Carl Gunnarson that sent him careening into the boards, and had the TD Garden fans on their feet.
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