Yesterday morning, way before the B's 4-0 win over the Florida, Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic
talked about his fast start to the season.
Lucic, who has been wearing a persistent grin since training camp started, cited his his good health (after missing 32 games with injury last season) and a large dose of good cheer.
"It's a lot more fun this year than last year," said Lucic after morning skate. "You know, I am definitely smiling more around the rink and that helps a lot.
"For me, personally, when I feel like I'm having fun that's when I am playing the best, so I'm going to keep doing what I can to keep having fun."
Lucic, 19 other Bruins players and 17,565 fans all had a lot of fun while they watched the power forward turn a natural hat trick against Olympic goalie Tomas Vokoun and the Panthers.
"Obviously we all know -- it’s no secret -- goals and everything didn’t come easy for me last year (when Lucic was 9-11-20 in just 50 games) and I’m just happy that I worked hard this year and happy how things are going so far," said Lucic, who has now scored in three straight games with a 4-1-5 line. "It’s great that I’m having early-on success, but I need to keep it up and keep pushing for more."
NHLer's rarely get more than three goals in a single game and last night's trio of goals marked the second time that Lucic had performed the feat (Oct. 25, 2008 vs. Atlanta).
Postgame, Lucic was asked which goal was his favorite from Thursday's trick
"The first one," said Lucic definitively. "I mean, it’s been a while since I scored a regular season goal at home, so it’s kind of nice to get that monkey off my back."
Milan, who has scored in five of his last six game at a 5-2-7 clip, tried to explain what is working for him.
"I feel like I’m skating better and I feel like that’s what’s giving me my chances. And when I’m moving my feet, that’s when I feel like I’m most affective," said Lucic.
"I just feel confident every time I have an opportunity to score and I’m shooting the puck.
"So I just need to keep working on it and keep firing as hard as I can."
Today, to go along with his 10 goals on the season and thanks to the Black & Gold faithful in the Garden, Lucic has a few dozen new hats to add to his collection.
But there's probably one particular fedora that's going to stay in the trophy case.
"After I did my interview on the bench there, the guys put it in my locker," said Lucic. "It was Brad Marchand
’s hat that we all signed and I got the honor of wearing it tonight."