Tonight, Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic
expects a big challenge from the Western Conference Anaheim Ducks.
"I think they’re eighth in the West. We’re eighth in the East and we have a chance to move up here in the standing and be tied with Montreal to be first in the division," said Lucic. "So we know it’s a big game for us and we want to end things off the right way going into the Christmas break."
Boston fought through their 3-2 victory over the Capitals on Saturday and will look to improve their play over the course of an entire game versus Anaheim.
"Yeah. Definitely," said Lucic. "Last game we had a great start. It was good we were able to come up 3-0.
"I think Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron
] line with [Mark] Recchi and [Blake] Wheeler; they really did a great job last game setting up the tone.
"I think they had a real strong game throughout the whole 60 minutes, but definitely we’re going to need all 20 guys going for 60 minutes tonight, and if we don’t, most likely we won’t get the result that we want," he said.
The B's have lots more season ahead of them, but after 31 games Lucic gave his assessment of the club.
"I think we had a good start to the season," said Lucic. "We started the season over in Europe, in Prague.
"We’ve had some ups and some downs.
"It’s been definitely a tough season so far with the scheduling, you know, a lot o games came at us in November, so we’ve had to battle through that."
Carolina and Ottawa are not far off the pace, so the B's will have to continue to earn points, even as the calendar turns to 2011.
"We’ve been able to keep ourselves in a playoff spot and we’ve been battling hard every night and giving ourselves a good chance to win," said Lucic.