One of the nonsensical comments you'll commonly hear from pro athletes: They never read the papers. Another: They don't pay any attention to their stats.

Yeah, right.

You'd better believe players know very well what's being written about them — and they could probably recite their stat sheet line by line if they weren't so busy pretending they care only about the team, not their own individual numbers.

Which brings us to Bruins forward Milan Lucic, a locker-room nonconformist of the first order, who never has been afraid to tell the truth. And he made it very clear yesterday, after scoring his 20th goal of the season (tying the game 3-3 with 1:07 left in the third period), talking about the statistical goal he's set for himself.