A simple perusal of the stats might suggest some concern for Bruins fans.

Milan Lucic, the team's lone 30-goal scorer, went without a goal in his last 10 games, including four games in which he was held without a shot on net.

But coach Claude Julien was decidedly unperturbed about his left winger, as the Bruins are set to embark on yet another playoff series against the Canadiens.

Julien preferred to look at Lucic's entire playoff resume and not the last 10 games. He has no doubt that Lucic will be ready when the series opens tomorrow night at the Garden.

"You see it in the past with guys like Claude Lemieux who always come out of the woodwork and become real efficient players for their team. And I think Looch has always been one of those guys that gets really excited about those playoffs," Julien said yesterday. "And that's not just with our team. If you win a Memorial Cup, you have to be a pretty good player and he was, as you know. He's just one of those guys that loves those big types of games. He's a big type of player that comes up big in those situations."

The playoffs have indeed been Lucic's time since he was a teenager. He was named the Memorial Cup MVP when he led the Vancouver Giants to the Canadian junior championship with 7-12-19 totals in 22 games. As a Bruin, he has 10 goals and 10 assists in 30 playoff games, including three goals in three Game 7 appearances.

To Montreal fans, Lucic is one of the lightning rods on the Bruins. And he's more than comfortable playing that role.