Milan Lucic hopes to build on the goal that wasn't

DJ Bean
January 17, 2011 - 12:12 pm
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Milan Lucic knew very early on Monday that he couldn't play the rust card upon returning from three games out of the lineup. Not after Mark Stuart, who had missed the last 18 games with a broken hand and dislocated finger, scored at 7:56 to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead in what would become a 7-0 victory. Lucic skated on a line with David Krejci and rookie Tyler Seguin. He picked up an assist on Zdeno Chara's third goal of the game, but he had thought he was on the scoring sheet long before the final period. Following Stuart's goal, Lucic took a pass from Krejci and fired it past Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward at 9:15. Little did the Bruins know that Lucic was actually touching up on a delayed hooking penalty to Chara. Lucic questioned the nature of the play, but Chara left the box and scored on a 2-on-1 with Mark Recchi to give the B's the 2-0 lead he thought he had previously secured. "They didn'€™t blow the whistle until after the goal," Lucic said. "They called it off. It was funny the ref that was down there in front of the two didn'€™t call the penalty but the ref that was beside me decided to call it." After scoring 16 goals in his first 30 games and currently riding a 12-game streak without a tally, Lucic said he can use the goal-that wasn't to build off of. "I have to," Lucic said. He's still confident with how he felt in his return to the lineup, and hopes it can mean the end of his slump. "It is disheartening because I haven'€™t scored in a while after being hot for the first 30 games but you have to build off of it. It was a good stride and I have to get my game going from there."
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