"For myself, I'm not happy with the way I've been playing," was what left wing Milan Lucic
said during today's media availability following the Boston Bruins morning skate at TD Garden.
|Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) battles Montreal Canadiens right wing Brian Gionta for the puck during the third period of a first-round NHL hockey playoff game in Boston, Thursday, April 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) |
Thankfully for Lucic, the B's have battled back and have forced a best of three playoff after falling, at home, in the first two games of the Bruins first round series against the Montreal Canadiens.
"We just need to play like we did the last two games," explained Lucic, brightly, when asked about the B's prospects for Game 5.
"I think a big thing was [that] we weren't overexcited and we didn't let the emotions get the better of us.
"In Game 1, Game 2, it was almost like we were really excited and so ready to go that it kind of got the better of us and we came out flat," added Lucic. "The last two games we were relaxed and we were calm and we were looking forward to the challenge."
Although he was talking about the team, as he spoke about tonight's contest Lucic seemed to prescribe the attitude he himself wanted to take into tonight.
"Our focus has to be on having a good start and, hopefully, getting that first goal," he said.
"It was really tough getting ourselves back into the series and it's going to be a lot tougher into tonight's game and trying to get that next win."
If you're looking for a turning point in the B's fortunes, particularly in Game 4, Lucic pointed to Boston Head Coach Claude Julien taking the team's timeout after the third Montreal goal on Thursday night.
"You can look at the video, Claude wasn't yelling or screaming at anyone," said Lucic. "We just needed to regroup and take a second to sit back and obviously, the Bell Centre was as loud as I've ever heard it and they were going pretty well.
"I think the shots were 27-12 at the time or something like that.
"So, you know, we just kind of sat back and relaxed and we said this was a moment where we had to step up and get ourselves back in the series and that's what we did."
And B's fans hope that's what Lucic is able to do tonight.