Bruins forward Milan Lucic
scored his 30th goal of the season in Boston's 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night in TD Garden.
"It feels great that I was able to get the thirtieth," said Lucic, who continues to add to his career-high goal total.
However, Lucic's comments immediately switched focus to the overall B's victory over the Devils, which stopped a two game slide.
"Obviously, I think the biggest thing here tonight, I felt like we played Bruins hockey again," said Lucic. "It wasn’t the best start for ourselves...and after they got their first power play goal I think we started kicking into gear and started getting pucks in behind them and started winning battles like we used to.
"And that was a big reason why we were able to generate four goals today," he said.
Lucic became the first Bruin to record 30 goals since Phil Kessel netted 36 during the 2008-09 season.
"Yeah it was a great pass by [Patrice Bergeron
]," said Lucic. "I knew he saw me and he’s a gifted player so he made a great pass like that.
"And also you have to give credit to my boy [Nathan Horton
] there, creating a screen in front of the net. He’s done that a lot this year when I’ve shot the puck and it’s just been a great season so far.
"I’ve had a lot of fun playing with [David Krejci
] and Horty. And there have been times with Bergy and also times with [Marc Savard
], but it's just chemistry that we’ve been able to create I think has been able to help my game a lot."
Lucic also assisted on Zdeno Chara
's goal -- a power play goal -- which accounted for the B's captain's 400th career NHL point.
"It’s the game-winner, too," said Lucic in reference to the important goal on the man-advantage. "That’s probably what lacked the last two games against Nashville and Toronto.
"We weren’t able to get that power play goal to get us back in the game or get ourselves that lead like we did tonight. And obviously that first one wasn’t much of a power play, but I just liked our game.
"At the start of the game, after a bit we just settled down, started making plays and were a lot harder on the puck," he said.
Head Coach Claude Julien agreed.
"Yeah, I think it’s important that we basically play the way we’re supposed to as far as being a stingy team; being a hard team to play against [and] bringing your work ethic to the rink and trying to outwork the other team every night.
"So I think that’s basically what the message was and obviously, besides the first 15 minutes, I thought our team responded well."
And Lucic continues to shine.
"He’s having a good year," said Julien. "Anybody who scores thirty in this league is a pretty good player.
"And he’s playing his type of game as well. He’s physically involved. I think he’s winning a lot of his battles and he’s going in front of the net and talking the space that needs to be taken.
"Even a couple times tonight we saw a real good effort from him back checking and helping out defensively. So when a player plays like that, you can’t complain, I think he’s deserving of what’s happening to him because he’s been pretty consistent," he said.
Bergeron called Lucic's development as a player "pretty amazing.
"The way he developed [is] something special," added Bergeron. "It seems like he keeps improving.
"He is still young. I don’t think he’s finished growing yet and getting better as a player."