BOSTON -- Milan Lucic
earned his 30th assist on David Krejci
's second period score during the Bruins 4-3 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
"Just a perfect three on two," said Krejci of his goal at 3:08 of the middle period. "There was lots of passing and then I drove the net and Luch gave me an empty-netter."
Lucic now has the unique distinction of owning a 30-30-60 line and 117 minutes in penalties. With those stats in mind, Krejci talked about the unique qualities that Lucic brings to his line.
"It’s a big help for me," he said. "He can put a puck in the net and he can win so many battles for me. So I’m really happy he’s on my line and he’s playing the way he is this year.
"[The line's] just going out there, having fun, and trying to do our best," he said. "Not trying to do too complicated things and we’ve been playing together for a long time, so we know each other pretty well now and I guess go out there and keep it simple."
It probably didn't seem too simple for Lucic when he fought Jay Rosehill at 11:06 of the second.
"I mean it was a good time in the game and kind of...got us going a little bit," said B's Head Coach Claude Julien.
"I think there was lot of little things going on that weren’t getting taken care of and I think that kind of did the job for both teams."
Postgame, Lucic was asked what positives he took from the loss.
"It’s tough, obviously," said the left wing. "We didn’t have the start that we wanted. I feel like we kind of came out flat at the start there.
"But we had a great second period and we had chances even in the third, in overtime, to get that fourth goal. And we even had chances to make it 4-2, but it seems like this year against this team they’ve always just been able to hang around...and they get one chance in the third there and they capitalized.
"But we knew they were going to come out hard tonight and they did and unfortunately we didn’t get the win."
Boston stands one point away from a Northeast Division title.
"Yeah, we have to move on," said Lucic. "We would have liked to get that second point here tonight, but definitely we can take some positives out of this game.
"We can look over some stuff that we need to work on. But definitely it’s not going to be easy come Saturday afternoon. Atlanta, you never know what you’re going to get from them.
"They’ve been good against us this year. They’ve beat us twice and it seems like every game now heading into the end of the year is a tough battle," he said.