While the New England Patriots were busy punching their ticket to Super Bowl XLVI, Milan Lucic
and the Boston Bruins were engaged in a battle for two crucial points with the Philadelphia Flyers.
After forward Steve Hartnell scored three unanswered goals in the second period to give the Flyers the lead, the Bruins battled back and needed a shootout to win 6-5.
“It’s an entertaining one, too bad everyone was watching the Pats game and couldn’t take in our game,” Lucic joked after the win.
“It was definitely a wild one, they did a great job on their power play getting those goals and obviously [Claude] Giroux and [Scott] Hartnell found this great chemistry this year where obviously they’re producing a lot.
"For us, we had a great first period and our intensity dropped, we started to play soft and started complaining and took too many penalties and go ourselves in trouble, but the good thing was we were able to refocus and pull this one out,” he said.
After the Bruins dealt Philadelphia a 6-0 loss earlier this season, the emotions were running high for the entire 60 minutes.
Just 1:24 into the game, Tom Sestito dropped the gloves with Lucic, who was suspended for one-game earlier this season after his hit on Zac Rinaldo in the 6-0 rout.
“I didn’t know what to expect, you go into every game expecting [a fight] to happen,” Lucic said. “Obviously, the challenge was there right off the start and I wasn’t going to back down.
"They’re a team with a lot of pride and nobody likes to get shutout 6-0 in their own building.
"We expected it to be a tough game, it’s always a tough game against the Flyers they always bring their best."
Lucic had a goal later in the period to give the B’s a 3-1 lead, and he also picked up an assist on David Krejci
’s third-period goal to complete the "Gordie Howe" hat trick with a fight, an assist and a goal.
But after the game, No. 17 chose to focus on his team and their improved play since the road trip that concluded in New Jersey.
“I think [the team play] started to turn around in the third period against New Jersey and we played well against the Rangers and we played well here for two periods,” Lucic said. “So hopefully we can focus more on the positives and know we need to get back to not giving those half efforts, giving those full efforts and we’re at our best when we’re going as a team so that’s our biggest success.”