BOSTON -- Milan Lucic
didn't even try to lie.
Yes, he knew it had been 20 games since he had scored a goal. Yes, he knew it was March 22 -- a stretch of almost 50 days -- since he had scored a goal. Yes, he knew his Bruins were lucky to be in the position they were without their 30-goal scorer facing one of the most frustrating droughts of his career.
"It's been kind of frustrating, the last 20 games, not being able to put the puck in the back of the net," he said, breaking the athlete's cardinal rule of never admitting to frustration.
Actually, it would have been hard to deny his emotions, considering they were visible to anyone who watched closely after Lucic opened the scoring with a power-play goal -- Boston's first 5-on-4 goal of the postseason -- at the 12:02 mark of a game Boston would go on to win 5-1 to close out the Philadelphia Flyers
in a stunning four-game sweep of this Eastern Conference Semifinal series Friday night at TD Garden.