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Bruins, Lucic Fight For First Place

Friday, 11.14.2008 / 8:02 AM ET / Features
By Angela Stefano  - BostonBruins.com
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Bruins, Lucic Fight For First Place
Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic, top, throws a punch while fighting Montreal Canadiens defenseman Mike Komisarek during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston, MA - All 60-minutes of last night’s earthshaking 6-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens -- the B’s first victory in 12 regular-season games -- were pretty eventful. With six goals, 27 saves for Manny Fernandez and a very loud crowd, there was plenty for the Hub of Hockey to enjoy, but the sparks really started to fly in the third period, courtesy of Milan Lucic.

“We could have made excuses after coming in late last night, but we felt like we had a good jump to our step,” said Lucic.  

The Bruins looked better than they had against the regular-season Habs in a long time.

Clearly a 3:00 a.m. landing time, after a 2-1 shootout win in Chicago, did not dull the clubs determination. However, the B’s had a bit of a different attitude this time around.

“We were more calm and cool, not as overexcited as in the past when we played these guys,” said Luch, later adding that the Bruins “getting on a roll previous to this game really helped us with our confidence coming into tonight.”

Some first-round playoff wins against Montreal last season certainly helped, as well.

“It gave us a little bit of a confidence knowing we could beat these guys,” he said.  “(Twelve games) is a huge number.”

Then, a strong start early in Thursday’s game gave the Bruins a big push towards their win.

“(Stephane Yelle, Shawn Thornton and Chuck Kobasew) did a great job to start it off and get some momentum going for us in the first,” said Lucic of the B’s fourth line.

Lucic contributed to keeping the momentum up in the last minutes of the game, when the team might have begun to feel some fatigue. With 15:18 remaining in the final period, the Bruins left wing took the puck from a face off at the left face off circle by the Canadiens goal, turned around, and simply slipped the puck past an unsuspecting Carey Price.

The big B’s forward then added insult to injury – or maybe it was the other way around –when he took on Canadiens defenseman Michael Komisarek in a fight that was over a year in the making.

“We’ve had our battles in the past,” said Lucic. “It was just a matter of time until something like that happened,”.

After getting in a few good, hard punches, Lucic got Komisarek to the ice first. As the linesman pulled the two apart, the Black & Gold’s boxer channeled his inner wrestler when he headed for the penalty box to serve five minutes.

Lucic screamed and implored the crowd to cheer the whole way to the box, still restrained by a referee, and slammed on the glass to salute the fans before he took a seat.

Boston Bruins goalie Manny Fernandez, left, is congratulated by teammate Milan Lucic after their 6-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens in an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
“All I saw was both guys dropping their gloves,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien.  “To me, it was part of the game, part of the package.

“Besides other things he did extremely well, he just did his job.”

It was Lucic’s first fight of the year.

“He handled it well and showed he can still do that,” added Julien.

It’s debatable if the crowd, or the Bruins, even needed that extra push of energy, but they enjoyed it in any case.

“It was just a high-intensity, rivalry, divisional game,” said Lucic.  “We were able to focus on what we needed to do, and that’s what helped us with the win.”

The game was also important in determining division standings.  With the win, the Bruins are now officially in first place in the Northeast Division – no longer tied with the Buffalo Sabres.

“We knew the importance coming into tonight,” Lucic said. “It was a battle for first place.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 81 23 32 2 55
L. Eriksson 81 22 25 1 47
M. Lucic 81 18 26 13 44
C. Soderberg 82 13 31 10 44
B. Marchand 77 24 18 5 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
R. Smith 81 13 27 7 40
T. Krug 78 12 27 13 39
D. Krejci 47 7 24 7 31
C. Kelly 80 7 21 6 28
 
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T. Rask 34 21 13 .922 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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