When Milan Lucic made the Bruins team out of training camp as a teenager in 2007, everyone felt the big kid from Vancouver had a special quality.

And this season, at 22, he's showing that people were right.

Lucic hit the 30-goal mark last night on a huge score with 3:47 left in the game, beating Martin Brodeur to the short side and giving the Bruins some much-needed breathing room in their 4-1 victory over the Devils.

"It's a big milestone for me to hit, especially here in the NHL," said Lucic, who also had a nice assist on Zdeno Chara's game-winning, power-play goal. "I never imagined that I'd get to this milestone so quickly, but it just goes to show how hard I've worked to get myself in this position. It's great to get rewarded for it."

This has been an excellent bounce-back for year for Lucic, who was hobbled last season by an ankle injury.

"He's having a good year," said coach Claude Julien. "Anybody who scores 30 in this league is a pretty good player. And he's playing his type of game as well. He's physically involved. I think he's winning a lot of his battles and he's going in front of the net and taking the space that needs to be taken. Even a couple times tonight we saw a real good effort from him backchecking and helping out defensively.