Milan Lucic isn’t satisfied by any means. That will come in the next couple of weeks if the Bruins manage to get four wins against the Chicago Blackhawks, and follow through by hoisting their second Stanley Cup in the last three years. But the Bruins power forward is happy that things resumed to a little bit closer to normal during this year’s playoffs for him. Lucic is third on the Bruins with 13 points and a plus-13 rating in 16 playoff games this spring, and helps compose a forward line with David Krejci and Nathan Horton that’s posted 19 goals and 51 points in the first three playoff rounds. It’s difficult to argue that they haven’t been the NHL’s best forward line during these Stanley Cup playoffs, and Lucic is a big part of that with bruising, physical play that wins puck battles in the corner. “It feels to be out there contributing and playing with confidence again,” said Lucic. “[The playoffs] are kind of where I made my name as a big playoff player in my first three years. It didn’t go that well in the last two [years]. Even though we won in 2011, I felt like it still wasn’t that great of a playoff run for me. Last year at Washington, I didn’t do much at all. “You take it as a challenge to yourself as a professional and as an individual to get your game back up to where you want it to be. Fortunately that has happened.” It’s a far cry from last spring when he was held without a goal in the first round playoff loss to the Washington Capitals, and endured the worst goal-scoring drought of his career at the start of the 2011 Cup run. Lucic weathered plenty of slings and arrows about not being a playoff performer after he’d put up 10 goals and 20 points in his first 30 career playoff games. Perhaps he came in a little bit determined to reserve that trend this season. Rather than produce a great regular season with close to 30 goals and plenty of pulse-pounding fights, Lucic was much less remarkable during the regular season this year with 7 goals and 27 points in 47 games. But the big, brawny left winger has brought plenty of energy and snarl to the playoffs, and defenseman like Carl Gunnarson, Anton Stralman and Brooks Orpik can testify to that as his unwitting victims.
Lucic's postseason play is back where he wants it
NBC Sports Boston | Jun 12