Milbury: Time for Lucic, Horton to step up

Milbury: Time for Lucic, Horton to step up
March 15, 2013, 9:45 am
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If you took a quick look at the Bruins record, you'd be pleasantly surprised.

But Bruins head coach Claude Julien has had plenty to complain about his team as of late. They continue to play in spurts, don't string together 60 minutes of complete hockey, and can't close out games with big leads.

Mike Felger and Mike Milbury talk about the B's performance last night on CSNNE's Cross Check, and how he'd feel if he was Julien.

"I'm thinking that I'm really pissed off," Milbury said. "Because first period, great, everything is going fine, everybody is involved. And they thought they were going to be able to waltz it on home. This team right now has a line with Bergy (Parice Bergeron) going pretty good, and they have their fourth line going pretty good, but the two lines in the middle not so good. Not going to hit [David] Krejci too hard, but the two wingers, [Milan] Lucic, [Nathan] Horton - not good enough."

And that whole sitting on leads things is a major issue. If the first line doesn't get it together soon, perhaps changes to that line could take place.

"I think they're a little smug right now," Milbury said. "I think some of these guys think they can get it done the easy way and there's no easy way to get it done in the league. I put their feet to the fire in this one. Lucic started the year pretty good with some physicality, it's just got south. Horton hasn't proven anything this year."

Felger points out that Lucic hasn't scored in his last 10 games, with just 1 goal in his last 14. Horton hasn't scored in his last 7 games.

"Direct correlation: physical play to production for those guys," said Milbury.