If you don't know what you're looking at you might see Milan Lucic's stats line after three playoff games against the Washington Capitals and conclude the Bruins winger hasn't done much but get in trouble. You'd be wrong, but it's a logical conclusion to arrive at.

Although the Bruins lead the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series 2-1, Lucic has no goals, no assists and has taken only six shots. For someone who skates on the first line and had 26 goals and 61 points in the regular season, that would seem like a hitting slump. It is until you factor in the real hitting.

In Monday night's 4-3 win in Game 3 at the Verizon Center, Lucic was instrumental in beginning the process of turning this series into the kind where the Bruins tend to flourish, which is to say into one where hitting the Capitals becomes as significant as hitting a shot.