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Call Him Gordie

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins -- For the second time in his career, power forward Milan Lucic earned himself a "Gordie Howe hat trick" when he scored a goal, earned an assist and had a fight all during Boston's 3-1 victory over the Capitals on Tuesday night in Washington, DC.

Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins takes a swing at John Erskine #4 of the Washington Capitals
Lucic, who has had a bit of a renaissance this season after an injury-marred 2009-10 campaign, said he wasn't necessarily trying to earn the trifecta when he started the game.

"Fights, you know, you don't really go around looking for them," he said. "They just kind of happen,'s nice to get [the Howe hat trick], but I'm just happy with how the team played, and all twenty guys that played tonight.

"It was a good team effort, and I think that's the reason that we've won the last three games is that we've been able to play that way."

The assist was a beauty.

"Washington is a team that pinches a lot, and I think there were two or three guys that came at me and [Zdeno Chara]," said Lucic. "Zee actually made a good play down low.

"He made a good play just putting it on my tape, and I just had to chip it by everyone, and it was going to be a two-on-one and that's what happened

"[Nathan Horton] made a good pass over to [David Krejci]," he said.

The goal wasn't bad either.

"I saw Horty made a pass over to Krech and...I just knew I had to drive the net there," said Milan. "Krech made a great play to [Johnny Boychuk], and Johnny was patient enough to, you know, make a play like that and...I was just trying to get in body position in front

"The puck came to me so I just swatted at it, and it was able to go in."

As for the fight, Lucic deflected the attention back to his teammates.

"Like I said, it just happens. I'm happy with the way I played, happy with the way we played as a line, and obviously happy with the way the team played," said Milan.

"We're getting great goaltending. The 'D' men are doing a great job as well, and all six of them are playing the way they need to play...and every line is doing what they need to do to contribute.

"I think that's what's giving us the most success right now."
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