By Joe Haggerty
TAMPA For the second straight morning skate Milan Lucic was absent after taking a shot on his right footankle during practice at TD Garden last Monday morning, but Bruins coach Claude Julien said his big power forward would be just fine for the game.Lucic had 20:49 of ice time in Game 2 against the Lightning and finished with five shots on net in that game, so it appeared physically that things were okay with the 22-year-old left wing.Mark Recchi, Patrice Bergeron and the rest of the Bruins were out for morning skate on the St. Pete Times Forum ice in preparation for their first road game in the Eastern Conference Finals.The Bs coach said there are no excuses at this point in the season, and everybody that can play will be playing. Lucic has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and is a plus-7 after 13 playoff games this season. He has certainly been uncharacteristically quiet after leading the Bs with 30 goals during the regular season.Lucic has no issues," Julien said. "He's going to be in tonight. During the playoffs certain things you do, and give guys time off for whatever reason. He'll be there. There won't be any excuses to his game at all. You've seen Recchi get some time off, but Recchi this morning wanted to go on. So there are very minor issues when it comes to that.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.
*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.
*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.
*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.
*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.
*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.
*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.
*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.