"Tonight, he brought his game to the rink and it certainly helped," said Julien of Milan Lucic
. "And you know he scored some goals and got rewarded for it."
Lucic scored the B's second and fourth goals on Saturday.
"You know everybody brings something," said Julien in reference to Lucic's physical play. "Everybody’s here for a certain reason and you want those guys to bring that part of their game with them every night they can."
Rookie forward Brad Marchand
has certainly done that this season.
Marchand scored his 11th and 12th markers of the season with the B's first and sixth goals on Saturday.
"With Brad...he comes in every game and competes hard and that’s number one," said Julien. "You know we talk about [Patrice Bergeron
] who’s one of those guys who comes and plays hard.
"Marchand is one of those guys as well. You know he’s going to come and play hard," continued Julien. "Some nights he’s better than others and some nights he works hard doesn’t mean he has a great game or accomplished a lot but you can lean on him, you can rely on him and tonight was one of those nights where he came up big for us
"He had four points and he made some great plays...and he’s definitely a good player for us."
Marchand and Lucic are just happy to be contributing.
"You know, I think that’s the thing, everyone chips in a plays their role and helping any way they can and sometimes you get lucky bounces and things go in," said Marchand. "I've got a couple goals like that this year, but I just want to help any way I can."
Marchand now has four shorthanded goals on the season. His empty-net shortie at 18:25 of the third iced the win for Boston.
"Yeah, I didn’t even realize it was shorthanded there at the end. I completely forgot, so yeah it’s nice," he said. "They’re not going to come too often so it’s nice to get one."
After Saturday, every goal he scores for the rest of the season will add to Lucic' career-high goal totals.
"Obviously it was disappointing last year going through what I went through," said Lucic of his injury-shortened 2009-10 campaign.
"But, you know, you learn from things like that.
"I think that’s what made me stronger and better as a player coming into this season and you know I wanted to do whatever I could to kind of redeem myself," he said.