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Lucic: B's Need to Focus on Themselves

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BostonBruins.com – As forward Chris Kelly wound up for a slap shot from the top of the point with his team down 1-0, Milan Lucic effectively screened Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller.


He redirected the shot in, and Lucic threw his arms up in celebration.

But the jubilation quickly turned to discontent as the goal was waved off as forward Rich Peverley was called for goaltender interference.

The Bruins were deflated as the Sabres came away with a 6-0 win, but Lucic said the team can't let a call like that affect them.

"I mean, I guess he saw incidental contact but the replay clearly showed there wasn't," Lucic said. "You can't let that stuff get to you, it is what it is.

"We're not a team that makes excuses and are going to wine about stuff. So we're going to battle through anything that's in our way."

Forward Shawn Thornton said that although the waved off goal would have made it 1-1, the Bruins still had a strong showing in the first period despite going into the break trailing 2-0.

"Well I mean it makes it 1-1 and a different game," Thornton said. "I think we actually had a pretty good first period – a couple things don't go our way. We had a brutal second period it felt like there was no life, and then we were behind the eight ball from there on in.

But like Lucic, Thornton said the team had to respond better after the goal was called off.

"You just can't shut her down because something bad – something doesn't go our way and pout about it," he said. "You go through it and I don't think we had enough of that tonight.

"We were not even close to good enough for 40 minutes."

At the start of the second period, Tyler Ennis scored a goal 1:52 seconds in to give Buffalo a 3-0 lead.

"Falling down 2-0 after the first kind of set us back there, and then obviously 3-0 first shot of the second period," Rask said. "And we just couldn't find our game anymore."

Rask was pulled for the first time this season, and Tim Thomas came in to try and stop Buffalo's offensive flow.

Thomas stopped 16 of 19 shots, and he admitted that coming in later in the game didn't affect his play.

"That's part of my job – you have to be ready to be called on at anytime," Thomas said. "I felt like I was ready – I went in and didn't feel uncomfortable. I did end up ultimately getting scored on, but that's hockey."

After the Bruins 4-1 win over Washington Sunday, it appeared the Bruins had turned the corner from their uneven play over the last week.

But Lucic said that regardless of the confidence they had after Sunday, they had to be more diligent in mentally preparing for a team like Buffalo, who was 22-24-6 and 14th in the Eastern conference coming into the game.

"It's up to us to get up for every opponent and I think the main thing is we have to worry about ourselves and what we need to do," Lucic said. "I think if you look back in that stretch in November and December, we weren't focusing on who we were playing and the big games and all that type of stuff. We just worried about how we wanted to play and that's why we played so well.

"I think we just need to focus more on what we did against Washington and play more like that."

--- Anthony Gulizia
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