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Lucic Looks Forward to Monday Night

Milan is happy to be home

Monday, 10.20.2008 / 1:06 PM ET / Features
By Angela Stefano  - BostonBruins.com
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Lucic Looks Forward to Monday Night
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Boston, MA -- The scoreboard’s lowered, the banners are up, and the ice is ready. After a four game road swing to start the season, it’s finally time to bring the game back to the Garden.

The Bruins locker room was abuzz after pre-game skate this morning, and perhaps no one was more excited than Milan Lucic.

“It’s always a fun day when you get to play in your home rink,” Lucic said with a smile.  “We gotta go out there and make sure we give them something to cheer about.”

A fan favorite during his rookie tenure last year, Lucic was voted winner of the Seventh Player Award at the end of the season.

This year, he’s again looking to contribute in a big way to the team’s success.

“He’s a machine for his age,” said teammate Shawn Thornton, happy to talk up his former linemate.  “He’s kind of a man-child…a mountain of muscle.”

On the first line with Marc Savard and Michael Ryder in Saturday night’s game against Ottawa, Lucic tallied his first goal of the 2008-2009 season.

“I thought [last game] was a good game for me – I shot more, got pucks on net, just went to the net,” he explained.  “It’s always nice to get that first one, get the monkey off your back.

“Hopefully they start coming more now.”

And, finally back on home ice, Lucic is hoping those adoring fans will be the catalyst he – and the rest of the team – needs to continue their winning ways.

“The last time we were in here, it was a great game,” he said, referencing game six of the Montreal series during last season’s playoffs.  “We had a good road trip to start the season, so we built a little bit of momentum coming back.”

While the B’s had two pre-season games at home, the atmosphere at those games just doesn’t compare.

“I don’t really want to say pre-season games don’t mean anything,” Lucic said, “but the fans definitely get more into the regular season.”

And tonight, fans will get their chance to cheer again.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
3 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
4 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
5 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
6 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 76 21 32 2 53
L. Eriksson 76 20 24 2 44
M. Lucic 76 18 26 15 44
C. Soderberg 77 12 30 11 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
B. Marchand 72 22 17 5 39
R. Smith 76 13 25 9 38
T. Krug 73 12 25 15 37
D. Krejci 42 7 21 6 28
D. Pastrnak 41 10 17 14 27
 
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T. Rask 32 19 12 .922 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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