Milan Lucic did not score a goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.

He did not have an assist.

And even though the guy who knocked him arse-over-tea-kettle in the second period of the Bruins [team stats]' 1-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks ended up stretched out on the medic's table, not to be seen for the rest of the night, Milan Lucic admitted yesterday that, "It's the first time I've ever actually been hit like that and gone all the way over."

And to think that all this — no goals, no assists and a lasting visual of being knocked on his head in front of his own bench — had the unfortunate side effect of also taking place in his hometown. Lucic had spent three days talking about returning to the old sod to play against the team he rooted for while growing up in Vancouver, and during all those interviews he displayed a measure of diplomacy that's hard to find in a 22-year-old.

Yet there he was in Game 1, coming up empty and going down hard.

Talking with the media yesterday, and asked for the millionth time about playing in the Stanley Cup finals in his back yard, Lucic again chose diplomacy.