Home sweet home for Lucic


Home sweet home for Lucic

By Kevin Walsh
Comcast SportsNet New England

VANCOUVER On Thursday, I visited Milan Lucic's home in East Vancouver. It's a nice neighborhood that's undergoing a lot of changes. The smaller, older homes are being torn down for larger and newer ones. The Lucic's did the same thing. They tore down the old house a few years back, and built a bigger one on the same lot. It's a middle-class neighborhood that's trending upward fast.

Milan's dad, Dobro, is a man's man. If he grew a beard, he could pass for theDosEquis Most Interesting Man in the World.HisEnglish is accented from his native Serbia. He's somewhat self conscious about that, but I understood him just fine. Hiszest for life, pride in Milan, and body language more than make up forwhat's lost in translation.

Looch's room is cool. It's small, with a big bed in the middle. On the wall are framed pictures of him:junior championship, first NHL goal andpuck, a fighting photo from hisdays with the Vancouver Giants, and a three shot of the Lucic brothers. Jovan is the oldest, Nick the youngest, Milan is in the middle.

Nick and Milan look a lot alike. Jovan is a professional DJ who makesCDs that Lucic shares with other Bruins. Tyler Seguin says Loochis the team's music master. Not true says Mike Giardi. "It's Johnny Boychuk."

I'm going with Tyler, even if hetried to "teach me how toDougie" tosalsamusic after Game 7 against TampaBay.

Next door to the Lucic's, an older man who's primary language is Chinese,showed me with his hands (starting low and finishing high) that Milan has grown up and grown very tall -- 6'4" to be exact.

Across the street lives the Thomas family. The Thomas kidsplayed with the Lucic childrengrowing up. Dean Thomas, who's about 50-years-old,almost cried when I asked him how proud he was of Milan.

"He has the heart of a lion.Always has.We've waited 40 years for the Stanley Cup to come home to Vancouver.Whether it's the Canucks, or with Milan, we'll be very happy.And yes we will have a party," Mr. Thomas said.

The garage door in the back alley of the Lucic property has been repainted, and the side fence repaired. Bothonce looked about as goodas Sidney Crosby's dryer. It was good to be in Looch's hood. He's'good people' because he's surrounded by good people.

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut


Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?

*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.

*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.

*Martin Biron says that Frederik Andersen looks like a much different player now with Toronto than he did with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.

*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.

*An early Christmas present for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be his two front teeth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Sidney Crosby returning on Tuesday night, and immediately leading the Penguins in a balanced attack.  

*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.

Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure


Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure

The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.

It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.

Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.

The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.