Tag:Milan Lucic
Posted on: May 4, 2010 12:42 am

Three Stars: May 3

By Erin Brown

First Star: Kris Versteeg, Chicago Blackhawks

Versteeg showed incredible patience with the puck on his game-winning goal and also tallied an assist in Chicago's 4-2 comeback win over Vancouver.

Second Star: Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks

Seabrook played a key role in Chicago's comeback victory, starting the rally with a goal, then setting up the tying and winning goals.

Third Star: Milan Lucic, Boston Bruins

Lucic turned a broken play into a heads-up decision and netted the game-winner in Boston's 3-2 win over Philadelphia.

Honorable Mentions

Posted on: May 4, 2010 12:24 am

Snap Shot: Photo of the Day

Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins celebrates his game-winning goal in the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at TD Garden in Boston, Mass. The Bruins defeated the Flyers 3-2. (Getty Images)

Posted on: May 4, 2010 12:24 am

Snap Shot: Photo of the Day

Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins celebrates his game-winning goal in the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at TD Garden in Boston, Mass. The Bruins defeated the Flyers 3-2. (Getty Images)

Posted on: May 4, 2010 12:10 am

Wraparound: A recap of Monday's games

Complete Schedule & Bracket

No. 6 Boston Bruins 3, No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers 2

Boston leads, 2-0

Milan Lucic scored to break a third-period tie with 2:57 left and the Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference semifinals. Tuukka Rask made 24 saves for Boston. Recap | Stats


No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks 4, No. 3 Vancouver Canucks 2

Series tied, 1-1

Kris Versteeg scored go the go-ahead goal from the left circle with 1:30 left and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied to beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Monday night to even the Western Conference semifinals at 1-1 on Monday night. Recap | Stats

Posted on: May 3, 2010 10:16 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2010 10:39 pm

Lucic scores rare home goal in Bruins win

By Erin Brown

A fan favorite in Boston, Milan Lucic finally rewarded the Bruins faithful.

Lucic scored the game-winner with 2:57 remaining in regulation to give the Bruins a 3-2 triumph and a 2-0 lead over the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Touted as a power forward, Lucic doesn't score often. In 199 career games, he has just 34 tallies, 14 of which were on home ice. This past season, he lit the lamp just once at TD Garden.

The winger registered his first tally of the postseason by corralling a puck on edge, spinning around in the slot and firing it past Flyers goalie Brian Boucher .

"For that one, I really didn't have a play," Lucic said. "It was a turn-around shooter and it got on through and found a hole.

"My whole thought was to get it on net and find a seam. I knew if I got it past the first defender, it had a chance. It was a good call on my part."

That good decision has Boston heading into Philadelphia with a 2-0 series lead. Boston is 20-6 all-time when up two games to none.

"We had home ice advantage and we wanted to take advantage of that and we did," Lucic said. "We ended up playing for 60 minutes to get that win. We know it is only going to get tougher from here on out."

Posted on: April 26, 2010 10:09 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 3 Buffalo Sabres vs. No. 6 Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 3-2)

• Bruins hoping to get the good word from doctor on Marc Savard. [ Boston Globe ]

• Bruins have no choice but to move Milan Lucic and Marco Sturm. [ Boston Globe ]

• Sabres trying to find a way to force Game 7. [ Washington Post ]

No. 1 Washington Capitals at No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. (Capitals lead 3-2)

• Montreal's Hal Gill thrives during the playoffs. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Washington's Alexander Semin has been quiet during playoffs. [ Washington Post ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators, 9 p.m. (Blackhawks lead 3-2)

• Blackhawks looking to close out series against desperate Predators. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

• Predators upset by NHL's lack of punishment for Marian Hossa. [ The Tennessean ]

• Predators confidence remains high against Blackhawks for Game 6. [ The Tennessean ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Series tied 3-3)

• Coyotes fans offered a real treat ... a Game 7 in the hockey playoffs. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard says Coyotes got lucky. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Red Wings' legacy all on the line in Arizona for a win or go home Game 7. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Former Detroit Stars Robert Lang and Mathieu Schneider spark Coyotes win. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Posted on: April 15, 2010 10:20 pm

Miller, defense come through for Sabres

By Erin Brown

If the Buffalo Sabres can take a lead into the third period of every game this postseason, they could cruise to a Stanley Cup victory.

The Sabres captured a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins Thursday night, improving to 31-0-0 in games this season where they lead after two periods.

Buffalo was the only team to go undefeated during the regular season and is 82-2-11 since the start of the 2007-08 season when leading after 40 minutes.

Ryan Miller surivived a second period onslaught, stopping 23 of 24 shots. His team rewarded the effort in the third by holding the Bruins to just six attempts. Miller finished with 38 saves.

"I think they sensed a little blood in the second and got aggressive," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.

Buffalo defenseman Craig Rivet struck from the right faceoff circle with a little less than six minutes left in the second period. That gave the Sabres the cushion they needed. From there on, they played shut-down hockey.

"Those are the answers you need in a period where things aren't going well," Ruff said of Rivet's tally.

In addition to playing tight defense, Buffalo also had to get defensive. Late in the first period, Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara delivered a pair of hard checks to Patrick Kaleta behind the Boston net. That set off a scrum which led to double minors for Chara and Milan Lucic . Buffalo' Tony Lydman , Steve Montador and Raffi Torres picked up roughing minors. Kaleta received a 10-minute misconduct.

"We said it was going to be tight," Ruff said. "We expected a low-scoring game. We expected intensity. Someone said they felt friction before the series started, and we got it early."

Posted on: April 15, 2010 11:50 am
Edited on: April 15, 2010 12:10 pm

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

By Erin Brown

A look at news from around the league...


Tonight's Games

No. 6 Boston Bruins at No. 3 Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m.

• Buffalo's Ryan Miller expects plenty of pressure in a low-scoring series. [ Buffalo News ]

• What can Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers do for an encore to his stellar rookie season? [ Buffalo News ]

• Getting Tuukka Rask from Toronto has paid dividends for the Bruins. [ Boston Globe ]

• Boston needs a big series out of winger Milan Lucic . [ Boston Herald ]

• With the B's hurting along the blueline, rookie Johnny Boychuk hopes to crack the lineup. [ Boston Globe ]


No. 8 Montreal Canadiens at No. 1 Washington Capitals, 7 p.m.

• Goalie Jose Theodore expects to start Game 1 after taking a puck to the knee at practice. [ Washington Post ]

• The Capitals enter the postseason favored to win it the Cup. [ Washington Post ]

• Offensively minded Washington must focus more on its own end. [ Washington Post ]

• No one on the Canadiens roster can afford to take a night off in this series. [ Montreal Gazette ]

Andrei Markov and Marc-Andre Bergeron find instant chemistry along the Habs' blueline. [ Montreal Gazette ]


No. 6 Los Angeles Kings at No. 3 Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m.

• Canucks coach Alain Vigneault on preparing his team: "We do sex every day." [ Vancouver Province ]

• Defenseman Sami Salo is healthy and keeping his teammate in stitches. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Kings coach Terry Murray plans to keep his top lines intact for Game 1. [ Los Angeles Times ]

• Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi is finally seeing his rebuilding project take shape. [ Los Angeles Times ]

• About half of the Kings' roster will make its playoff debut tonight. [ Orange County Register ]


Off-Day Teams

No. 2 New Jersey Devils vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers (Philadelphia leads 1-0)

Chris Pronger did just about everything in the Flyers' 2-1 win over the Devils [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

• New Jersey coach Jacques Lemaire isn't looking to match lines with Philadelphia [ New York Post ]

• Flyers forward, and New Jersey native James van Riemsdyk gets support in Devils country. [ Camden Courier-Post ]


No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Ottawa Senators (Ottawa leads, 1-0)

• 2009 playoff phenon Marc-Andre Fleury didn't give the Penguins a chance to win on Wednesday. [ Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ]

• Neither did the old Mellon Arena boards, which gave up a bad bounce for the Pens. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Rookie Brian Elliott says he's glad to have survived his first playoff game. [ Ottawa Sun ]


No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 8 Colorado Avalanche (Colorado leads, 1-0)

• The Sharks suffer another heart-sinking moment thanks to an ugly bounce. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Avs rookie Matt Duchene , 19, shows no fear in facing San Jose or trying to grow a playoff beard. [ Denver Post ]

• Being down in this series only adds to the Sharks' stress of reversing their playoff woes. [ Denver Post ]


No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators

• Hawks winger Marian Hossa hopes he can win a Stanley Cup after two straight unsuccessful attempts. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Chicago's Brian Campbell hopes to return to the lineup sometime during this series. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Predators leading goal scorer Patric Hornqvist returned to practice and will suit up for Game 1. [ The Tennessean ]


No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Phoenix leads, 1-0)

• Coyotes fans embrace the 'whiteout' tradition from the team's days in Winnipeg, Man. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Former 'Yotes Jeremy Roenick and Keith Tkachuk are thrilled to see Phoenix doing well. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Detroit's success hinges on whether Tomas Holmstrom can be a factor. [ Detroit News ]

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