BOSTON - Milan Lucic will likely always remember his first career overtime goal given the way it unfolded.
In a game the Bruins badly wanted to close out their season-long five-game homestand in style, Lucic blocked a Cam Atkinson shot, beat all Blue Jackets skaters in a footrace and then slipped a shot through the five hole of Sergei Bobrovsky. It was Lucic’s team-leading eighth goal of the season and it gave the Bruins a 3-2 overtime victory Thursday night that stretches their winning streak to four.
Just don’t expect Claude Julien to extend any shootout privileges to Lucic, even after the crisp move that froze Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.
“He’s still 0-1 on shootouts, so he’s still on the bottom of the list,” said Claude Julien. “Yeah, he did a great job of blocking the shot and he got on his horse, and took off. He can shoot the puck.
"He got him in the five-hole, and it was a great decision on his part.”
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the goal was the first regular-season overtime point of Lucic’s 423-game NHL career. Entering play on Thursday, his 253 career points were the third-most among active players who had never recorded an overtime point, trailing only Ottawa’s Milan Michalek (173 goals and 192 assists for 365 points) and NY Rangers’ Taylor Pyatt (136 goals and 140 assists for 276 points).
It was also more than a little ironic that Lucic this week complained loudly about the current shootout and overtime session that doesn’t allow the players to sort things out in a respectable way. He wanted more games to be decided in OT rather than the shootout, and he went out and acted on it with the breakaway goal.
“I was able to block a shot, lucky bounce, was able to go out on a breakaway and it’s my first overtime goal that I ever scored,” said Lucic. “It ends up being a big one with the last game on this homestand which ended up being a successful one.
“That’s what we talked about, an adjustment before we headed out there was ending this homestand on the right note…and ending it with a big two points. We set ourselves up before we head on the road here.”
Lucic finished with two shots on net, four registered hits and 6 of 7 face-off wins in a solid effort vs. Columbus, but nothing will loom larger than that first game-winning overtime goal of his NHL career.