Friday, March 1, 2013
Lucic's physical presence paying off
By James Murphy
Milan Lucic hasn't find his scoring touch yet, but his physicality is as constant as ever.
BOSTON -- Milan Lucic may not be scoring like a power forward right now, but he is still maintaining that physical presence.
The Bruins know that if he keeps that up, the goals will come. Lucic and his teammates had some tired legs in the Bruins' 2-1 overtime win over Ottawa on Thursday, but he assisted on Nathan Horton's second-period goal and now has a goal and two assists in his last three games.
"I didn't think he was different than everybody else, as far as I didn't think he skated well," coach Claude Julien said. "But his physicality, when he throws body checks, it makes a difference as far as the energy in our hockey club, and what it does to the other team, looking over their shoulders. He brings that element to our team that's so important, and he's maybe not scoring at the rate he'd like to, but there are a lot of guys that aren't, and that's a thing that we hope as we keep moving forward here is going to come around, and when that comes around, we're going to be that much better."
That's pretty much the way the rugged winger sees it as he's doing his best to stay patient and focus on the positives. But he also knows there is room for improvement.
"I just gotta stick with what I'm doing and I feel pretty good with the way I'm playing," Lucic said. "Eventually the chances are going to come and I just gotta find a way to get more shots and get myself into position for more scoring opportunities and eventually they're going to find a way to go in."