WILMINGTON -- Milan Lucic didn’t have much bearing on Sunday’s 3-0 win over the Florida Panthers, so the left winger wasn’t one of the Bruins players who drew a media crowd in the dressing room after the game. But after Monday’s practice Lucic discussed a wide number of things, including his return to the lineup and an effort that included five hits and three shots on net in as engaged a performance as No. 17 has enjoyed in weeks.
There was also some curiosity about his sitting out a game, and what that felt like for a cornerstone Bruin who hadn’t been a healthy scratch since his rookie season six years ago. He watched Saturday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins from the press box, and it’s not something he’s looking to repeat anytime soon.
“It was what it was," Lucic said. "There’s not much more to say about it than that. You’re not ever happy sitting out of the lineup, but you want to take all of the positives out of it that you can. This is an important time of year. I’m not a guy that’s going to start causing problems just because I was out of the lineup.
“It’s a different perspective sitting up there and watching the game. It builds the hunger back in you that you don’t want to sit up there again. If I’m correct it had been 388 games since [the last time he was a healthy scratch.]”
With Nathan Horton out of the lineup, Lucic probably won’t be scratched again no matter how badly he played. But the left winger is determined to once again be one of the main players that his team is counting on when it matters most with only four games remaining until the playoffs. The very same Stanley Cup playoffs where Lucic is hoping to turn things around in a big way, become that emotional and physical catalyst and perhaps redeem himself for some postseason struggles over the last couple of years.