Quite simply, Milan Lucic has been a bull on the Bruins' current road trip. With an assist in last night's 3-2 win over the Oilers, Lucic now has 4-4-8 totals in the first five games of a six-game swing.

But it's not just the points he's piling up, it's the ferocity with which he's playing. He picked up an assist last night by standing his ground in front of the net. And when Oilers defenseman Jim Vandermeer decided to take away some of that ground later in the game, Lucic threw down with him in what was one of the season's longest bouts.

Vandermeer got in a couple of good shots early that looked like they could have ended it, but Lucic battled back and nearly dropped Vandermeer. Both combatants finished the bout standing up.

"It was good to get in one like that again," Lucic said. "It's been a while since I had a real good fight like that. The fights this year haven't been entertaining."

Though the bout took the Bruins' leading scorer off the ice for the five minutes in a tight third period, coach Claude Julien didn't have a problem with it.