When it comes to Milan Lucic it’s all about simplicity.

When the Bruins power forward moves his feet, plays with energy and certainty and goes in decisive straight lines on the ice, Lucic is a difference-maker and a special blend of power and production. That player hadn’t been around much over the last month as Lucic went 15 straight games without a goal, and basically hit rock bottom last weekend when he finished with no shots on net, one hit and very little influence on the outcome of a disappointing loss to the Leafs.

So Claude Julien dropped the slumping Lucic down to the third line with Rich Peverley and Jordan Caron for Monday’s rematch with the Leafs, and saw it pay dividends as the left wing potted the team’s first goal in a 3-2 shootout win at TD Garden Monday night.

It all started with Lucic focusing on his skating game, and the offensive bounties followed.

“With Milan it’s all about his feet. [He has success] when his feet are moving and when he uses his speed… not just on the goal, but a couple other times there, he really took the puck to the outside and tried to cut back in. Either he’s going to get those chances or create some power plays for us by getting them to drag him down. He’s big, he’s strong, and when he uses his speed he’s certainly that much more of a player.”

The Lucic goal was his first score in 16 games, and gave a visible lift to everybody else in a Bruins uniform on Monday night. There was very little crispness or energy in Boston’s game during the first period, but the entire bench brightened up with a surge of energy after Lucic brought some welcomed offense.

“Once he gets going he gets the pucks with his speed there’s not very many guys who can probably stop him. That’s nice that he got part of his game going, and he got rewarded for that, scoring a really nice goal,” said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. “It’s not always as easy to be done and said and I’m sure he knows that. Once he saw he scored a goal, all of the sudden he was doing it every other shift and it was really working.