Lucic 'sticks it' to Sabres fans with second goal

Lucic 'sticks it' to Sabres fans with second goal
October 24, 2013, 11:30 am
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BUFFALO – It turned out to be one of those heavy, old time Adams Division-style games between the Bruins and Sabres on Wednesday night, so perhaps it’s appropriate that Milan Lucic played a starring role. The Bruins power forward scored a pair of goals in Boston’s 5-2 victory over Buffalo at First Niagara Arena, and perhaps owes one of the two scores to the knuckleheads in the stands cheering on the Sabres.

Lucic opened the scoring midway through the second period when he camped in front of the net and redirected a Jarome Iginla shot from the slot. The puck squirted through Ryan Miller’s leg pads, and a brief video review awarded the score to Lucic for his fourth goal of the season.

Then Lucic exited the ice early in that same first period when he absorbed the full brunt of a Mark Pysyk clearing attempt to the side of his nose, and had to leave the ice for five stitches to close up the gash.

“Only five stitches,” said Lucic. “I guess I dodged a bullet, you could say.”

Lucic heard the Sabres fans cheering as he rushed off the ice with his face ripped open by the puck, and he made them pay in the opening shift of the second period.

Lucic was back on the ice again, and again teamed up with Iginla for the score. The B’s left wing beat Pysyk in a race to the backdoor, and snapped an Iginla crossing pass past Miller to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. The classless cheering at the time of his first period injury certainly added to the motivation of a player that taking it to a different, higher level when he gets fired up.

“When you get hit in the face like that it’s never a good feeling, so it was nice to come in that first shift of the second period and get a goal,” said Milan Lucic. “I always hurt myself when I crashed into the boards [after the second goal]. It was nice to get one also after the crowd was cheering me getting hit in the face [with the puck]. I was able to stick it to them in that way.

“It doesn’t make you happy. You have the power as a player to do whatever you can on the ice to give it back to them. I guess you could say it’s the fun part of being a fan, but it’s also the fun part of being an athlete.”

The lesson: opposing fans wouldn’t like Lucic when he’s angry.

Lucic, Iginla and David Krejci finished with a combined seven points, a plus-8 rating and nine of Boston’s 34 total shots on net in a dominant performance for the B’s top line against an overmatched Buffalo defense. The B’s left winger is leading the Bruins with five goals and nine points in eight games played amid a torrid start to his 2013-14 NHL campaign.