Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) is congratulated by teammates after his third-period goal against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 2 of a second-round NHL playoff hockey series in Boston, Monday, May 3, 2010. The Bruins won 3-2. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston, MA -- There was definitely something special to seeing Milan Lucic light the lamp for the game-winner on Monday night's Game 2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Even often-stoic Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien had to admit it was fun to see the power forward put the game away for the Black & Gold
"Again, like you said, he’s gone through a couple of major injuries that have really slowed his...his progression in his season," said Julien, postgame. "It’s been a struggle to find his groove, and again, you just hope the way he played that shift tonight, it certainly helps him get some confidence."
Julien has preached the confidence factor throughout his time with the Bruins, and he pointed to Lucic's play on the play as a perfect example.
"This is what this game’s all about," he said. "When you feel confident upstairs, you can do a lot more things.
"He hadn’t scored in a while and for him to score that goal and score the winning goal will hopefully bring the Milan that we all want to see game-in, game-out."
For Lucic, the goal was a happy accident. He didn't ever think his shot would go in.
"Not at all," said Lucic. "My whole thought process was just get it on net.
"That was just a turn and shoot, get it on net. Luckily it found a hole."
But maybe it wasn't luck at all. As you listened to Lucic, you realize that the pressure they exerted on the Flyers in the third period was part of a bigger game plan.
"I think, as a team, when we apply more pressure, I think that’s when we are at our best," said Lucic. "No matter who you are playing, if you win puck battles and puck races you are giving yourself a chance to score and create opportunities.
"On that goal, we did whatever we could to keep the puck in and win puck battles. I think that is why it found a way in."
And the goal found its way onto Lucic's ever-growing highlight reel.
"It’s definitely up there," he said. "To score a game-winner in the playoffs is definitely a great feeling and hopefully we can take advantage of that."
Lucic and the Bruins know that Philadelphia is not an easy place to play -- ever -- and that a trip to the City of Brotherly Love during the playoffs, with the Flyers backs against the wall, will be no trip to Love Park.
"Yeah, it is a tough building," said Lucic of the Wachovia Center. "They have a perfect record at home too. They are going to come out firing, for sure.
"That is no secret. Everyone knows right now that they are going to be fighting for their lives and push as hard as they can.
"It’s a great building, the fans there are great, they are loud, they are really intense so we expect nothing less than that."