No plans for Lucic to play overseas during lockout

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No plans for Lucic to play overseas during lockout

Milan Lucic was adamant on Friday that he wouldnt be playing anywhere overseas should there be a lengthy NHL lockout.

He ended the thought by saying my plan for this season is to play for the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins power forward softened on that stance a bit on Saturday during the conference call to announce his new three-year contract, but said it would be quite awhile before he even entertained the thought of going to Europe. His wife Brittney is expecting their first child in the middle of the season which could complicate Lucic traveling long distance to play during the winter months.

Lucic instead is holding out hope that the NHL wont miss more than a few months maximum, and hell instead be back doling out punishment in a black and gold sweater by the holidays at the latest.

As of right now, I have not. I know I told some of the guys yesterday that my plan was to play for the Boston Bruins this year and right now its the same, said Lucic on Saturday during a conference call for his three-year, 18 million contract extension with the Bruins. Obviously if it goes on longer than most of us expect, then Ill have to look into something, but as of right now, I have not looked into playing elsewhere"

Similarly Zdeno Chara said he was in no hurry to head back to Europe with his family set up and his daughter enrolled in Boston schools, but the big defenseman could head overseas if the season faces the chopping block in January.

David Krejci and Dennis Seidenberg have both already indicated theyd be headed for Europe to play in their native countries if theres a lengthy lockout. The Bruins that dont make their offseason homes in Boston are expected to start leaving the area by the end of September if it looks like the season is going to be delayed for a significant period of time.

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

BOSTON – It took until his 43rd game in the NHL to finally score his first goal with the Bruins, but Rhode Island native Noel Acciari said it made him appreciate it all the more when that moment finally did arrived on Tuesday night. The 25-year-old Acciari finished off a Riley Nash feed on a 3-on-1 odd-man rush that gave the Bruins an insurance goal they badly needed in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators at TD Garden.

Then David Pastrnak hit Acciari with a shaving cream pie to the face during the NESN broadcast as a way to commemorate his teammate’s big scoring moment, and Torey Krug immediately fished the puck out of the net to make certain that Acciari would get it.

So it was the best of both worlds with the team-oriented Acciari, who watched his Bruins win to go right along with his hallmark scoring moment that he’ll remember forever.

“Your first NHL goal is a special feeling and to finally have it, you know, like I said before I couldn’t have done it without the other guys, the other four, five guys on the ice. But it feels good,” said Acciari, who has a goal and four points in 24 games this season in Boston. “It just shows you how special it is. It’s not going to come the first game you play; it could come 10, 20, for me probably over 40, but it still feels the same.”

Clearly it’s more about providing a physical, heavy and aggressive opponent when Acciari suits up for the Black and Gold, and it’s less about providing offensive production that’s really a bonus from the fourth line. The focus on throwing hits, aggravating opponents and playing with extra energy have been a big part of Acciari’s game since his return from Providence, and that is absolutely been by design.

“I think I kind of strayed [from my strengths] when I got back from my injury – I kind of strayed away from the hitting game,” said Acciari. “Just getting in on the fore-check and, you know, just kind of getting back to that down in Providence was huge and kind of get my confidence up down there helped out a lot. So when I got the call up I was ready for anything.”

He’s certainly played like he was ready for anything while posting a goal and two points along with a plus-4 in his first four games back for the Bruins organization. Acciari did all of that while leading everybody in Tuesday night’s game with eight registered hits in the win over Nashville. So the 5-foot-10, 208-pound Acciari gave a pretty good example against the Predators of just what he can do with steady ice time and the trust of his teammates as all of the hockey clubs in the East gear up to finish strong for the playoffs.

Now all Acciari has to do is continue to play consistently, punish opposing players and chip in a little offense from time and time as he carves out a permanent role on Boston’s fourth line, and helps his team win a few along the way.