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Lucic Determined to Improve Playoff Performance

Saturday, 05.5.2012 / 8:00 AM ET / Features
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Lucic Determined to Improve Playoff Performance

BostonBruins.comMilan Lucic vividly remembers his rookie season when the Boston Bruins returned to the playoffs for the first time in two seasons, only to be eliminated in the first round against the Montreal Canadiens.


When the Washington Capitals eliminated the Bruins in the first round this season, the same feelings were brought back – the only difference (a big one) being that they were the defending Stanley Cup champions.

“Last time I was a rookie and we just fought so hard to make the playoffs and it was the first taste of playoff hockey in Boston for a couple of years so it was a lot of fun and you wanted to do whatever you can to keep that going and move forward,” Lucic said.

“And I think it’s definitely the same feeling now as obviously you’re disappointed you didn’t get to move on. I think going in the future, [it] definitely gives you, I guess that extra motivation, that extra drive to keep it going and to try and relive that feeling that we had here [last season].”

Ultimately, Lucic said he felt as if the team gave 100 percent in the series against Washington. However, he added that at times it was tough to conjure the desperation the team displayed during the 2011 Cup run.

“I truly believe that we were trying, that we did everything we possibly could and we did leave it all out there,” Lucic said. “I don’t think there’s any regrets there.”

“But maybe looking back, there might not have been that desperation or that killer instinct that we had in the past. Even earlier on you look at our team and how we were in November and December, it seemed like after that Christmas break we weren’t able to, I guess, get that desperation or any of that back in our game and it ultimately hurt us in the end.”

After the team’s loss to the Capitals, Lucic was also pressed about his own performance during the team’s breakup day Friday, April 27.

In the seven games played, Lucic had just three assists and last season he finished the 25-game Cup run with five goals and seven assists.

Prior to the last two seasons, Lucic particularly thrived in the playoffs, as he scored nine points (3 G, 6 A) in just nine games played in 2009 and nine points (5 G, 4 A) in 12 games played in 2010.

“Maybe I put too much pressure on myself or something like that, but definitely not happy with the way that I’ve played in the playoffs and hopefully I can figure that out” Lucic said.

“I definitely have a lot of time here to think about it in the summer here so like I said think about it, try to figure out to get back to that playoff player that I used to be.”




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
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54


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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
T. Rask 34 21 13 .922 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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