Milan Lucic was his usual gregarious self yesterday following Bruins practice at TD Garden.

The big forward, who broke his scoring slump with a pair of goals in Game 4 of the second-round sweep of the Flyers, is excited for tonight's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Lightning.

"It feels better,'' he said, when asked how it felt to get the monkey off his back. "Obviously, there's less pressure. It was tough to get out of that slump, but now I honestly feel that even in practice [I'm] more confident when I get the puck in those areas where I know I can score. I just need to have that same mentality and get to those areas where I know I can get some offense.''

One key to Lucic's offense will be the play of his center, David Krejci, who had nine points (four goals, five assists) in the Philadelphia series.

"I've had a lot of fun playing with [Krejci] this year and when he's on his game he's a very good player,'' said Lucic. "I think as a line, when he goes we all go. So we need to feed off each other and feed off him. If we can step up our game again, we're giving our team a good chance to win.''