Nobody wants to advance to the Stanley Cup Final more than Milan Lucic. The series will start next week in Vancouver, Lucic's hometown. So he wants the opportunity to play in front of his family and friends.

"You've got to be confident. You've got to believe,'' Lucic said of his approach for tomorrow's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Lightning. "You can't have any regrets. Everything's on the line. It's the chance to move on and play for something that you've been dreaming about as a kid your whole life. We're in a situation here that's an exciting situation. We've got to have fun with it. Go out there and make the most of it.''

It has been an up-and-down series for Lucic. He has been slowed by an injured right foot, courtesy of an errant Tyler Seguin shot last week in practice. Of late, however, Lucic's game has been trending upward.