BostonBruins.com – Boston Bruins forward and Vancouver native Milan Lucic is anticipating the excitement for Saturday’s matchup with the Canucks. His friends from home are excited too, and they let him know in the few days leading up to it.
|Lucic was born in Vancouver, BC.
“I’ve had a couple buddies text me and tell me they’re excited for this game and looking forward to it,” Lucic said. “They’re the best in the West right now and they want to see them play us again because they still remember what happened last year.
"They’re looking forward to the game that’s for sure.”
It’s fair to say the feeling of Lucic’s pals embodies the thoughts of most, if not all Canucks fans.
Lucic is equally excited for the contest and a chance to help the Bruins establish themselves as the top team in the NHL.
The fact that the Bruins won 21 of 25 games helps assert the team’s dominance, but Lucic is looking for the upper hand in the standings, too.
Vancouver stands at 25-13-3 with a total of 53 points, and the B’s (26-10-1) have 53 as well.
“It’s a big two points for us,” Lucic said. “In the Eastern Conferece, the Rangers (25-9-4, 54) are playing well and they’re ahead of us, but it’s a chance to be first in the whole league if we win that game.”
The Bruins are a different team since their 3-7 start – tapping into the depth that has them sitting at the top of the league with 3.65 goals per game.
Vancouver, who started the season 4-6-1, has also turned things around in time for the heavyweight contest, which makes the game more meaningful for Lucic.
“It’s great that there is a build up towards it,” Lucic said. “Obviously, both teams are excited going into this game, as we should be.
"Both teams really didn’t have the starts that we wanted, and both teams really picked up our game and are at the tops of the league. It makes it more interesting that there’s a lot we’re playing for.”
--- Anthony Gulizia