Going into tonight's tilt with the Buffalo Sabres, B's left wing Milan Lucic
says the Bruins are in a good place, mentally.
|Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic (17) and David Krejci, left, of the Czech Republic, celebrate Lucic's goal against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) as Patrick Dwyer (39) looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. Boston won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) |
"I think our mindset’s been a lot better ever since the Christmas break," said Lucic to reporters this morning from his stall in the B's locker room in TD Garden.
"It seems like we’re more focused and we’re paying more attention to detail," he explained. "When we’re out there we’re making plays and everyone is feeding off one another.
"And, you know, it’s fun right now, so you know we gotta do whatever we can to keep this feeling going and keep winning hockey games.
"If we do that then everything will take care of itself," said Lucic, whose game-winning goal on Jan. 18th versus the Carolina was his first goal since Dec. 16.
Lucic's return to the scoresheet -- he also had an assist in the B's 7-0 victory over Carolina at home on Monday -- is timed perfectly.
As the number of days left in January wane, so does the number of games left on the schedule. That means that each contest carries more importance in terms of playoff positioning.
But in terms of focus, Lucic says that the B's remain focused on the team in mirror.
"You know, you do [pay attention to the scoreboard]," said Lucic. "Obviously, you want to keep moving up the standings
"But it all starts with taking care of your own business and the best and only way we’re going to keep moving up is if we keep winning hockey games here.
"We've just got to keep this fun feeling going and you know we’re working hard right now and we’re getting rewarded for that hard work," he said.
Standing in the way tonight, however, is a Buffalo squad that has been tough Bruins.
"You know they’re a great team they have a really great goalie [in Ryan Miller]," said Lucic. "He keeps them in it...mostly every game.
"And this year playing them four times, we’re [2-1-1] against them and they’ve always been a tough team for us to play and it’s because they’re a team that’s always got a good work ethic.
"We've got to be prepared for that tonight," he said.