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Losing Doesn't Sit Well With Lucic

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- The locker room stall of Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic is a frequent stop for the media who cover the team on a daily basis, but "Luch's" spot was extra busy with the large number of Toronto-types in town to cover the Maple Leafs.

But before things got too crowded, Milan was asked about the now familiar refrain in the B's locker room that "good teams don't lose two games in a row."

What is said in the locker room when the club does drop a pair.

"Obviously, Detroit's a real tough opponent, but we're not happy that we weren't able to come out with anything in that little, mini two-game series," said Lucic. "I felt like we came out that second game. But it's almost like every little mistake you make against them, they make you pay.

"And that's exactly what happened to us."

This seasons it's been the B's who have been doling out the punishment, and the double-setback to Detroit is not sitting well with Boston.

"Going into this week, I think we've got to try and get that momentum back, get that good feeling back and we definitely can't take any of our opponents lightly," said Lucic. "We have to start feeling good about ourselves and if we play hard and make plays and do little things everything will happen for us the way that we want it to."

In the wake of two of the more disappointing losses of the season, Lucic was asked if there had been any inclination toward finger pointing behind the B's closed locker room doors.

"I don't think so. I don't think so at all," said Milan. "I think guys were pretty good about that after these last two losses.

"This year I think our team has been really good at that -- not pointing fingers at one another," he added. "We've looked at things as a group and looked at ourselves and what we need to improve in order to get better."

Lucic also talked about the B's renewed rivalry with the Maple Leafs as one factor that could re-ignite the Black & Gold's passions on Tuesday night.

"They're a young team and they always play a high energy type game and it seems like they are always full of...vinegar every time they play," explained Lucic. "And you know ever since Phil Kessel's been on the other side, it's always been an exciting game in here against Toronto.

"Like I said, we can't take a team like this lightly. They do have a lot of firepower up front and we definitely have to play our game, focus on ourselves and do what we need to do to make sure we come out with a win tonight."
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