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BLOG: Lucic 'emotionally attached' to Oilers

Head Coach Todd McLellan believes the winger's play has turned on as a result

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Milan Lucic is all Edmonton.

"He's completely emotionally attached to this group now," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan after practice on Monday. "He's called it (Edmonton) home now. He knows that he's an Oiler. He's stepped up to the plate and in turn, his play has reflected that."

His biggest moment with the Oil was on Saturday when Lucic scored the game-tying goal on the power play late against the Anaheim Ducks. Edmonton would go on to win the match 3-2 in overtime.

"He's played quicker, been around the net more," continued McLellan. "He's a little more confident."

Lucic believes it's a by-product of the current situation. The Oilers are going to the playoffs and have been playing exciting hockey at Rogers Place in front of a loud audience.

"Just being excited for what's going on with what we've accomplished so far and bringing that type of emotion to the game has helped me play my game a lot more," said Lucic. "I'm excited to come to the rink, excited for this time of year. This is the best time of year to be playing hockey when it really matters."

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