BOSTON–After a devastating loss against Montreal the Bruins were able to play the role of the comeback kids as they dominated the Islanders 4-1 last night at TD Banknorth Garden. With the show of brute force the Bruins have no intentions of lapsing back to their sub par style of play. Dennis Wideman started the night off right scoring off a power play on Boston native Rick DiPietro.
Fifty-two seconds later, rookie Milan Lucic scored coming down the left wing. When Lucic found his position in front of the net, it was almost impossible to stop him from scoring. Lucic pulled the puck back on his left hand side, instantly making it 2-0 B’s. Nineteen-year-old Lucic will be going to the All-Star Festivities in Atlanta this weekend, representing the Eastern Conference in the Young Stars Game.
“This is my first All-Star selection for anything,” said Lucic. “I’ve always watched [the All-Star Game],” he said. “The last couple years, I watched because… it’s been guys that I know and have played against.
Veterans Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard and Tim Thomas will be joining Lucic on the flight out to Atlanta as players in the All-Star Game. Savard showed the Islanders exactly why he is an All-Star, by scoring the third goal of the game, and his 12th overall on the season.
For Lucic, attending Atlanta this weekend proves his clout as a hardworking rookie hockey player.
“My puck protection has gotten better,” Lucic said. “[Bruins Vice President and former player] Cam [Neely] has come out and helped me, and also [Coach Geof] Ward has helped me out probably the most.”
Lucic lives with Scheuermann’s Disease; in layman’s terms it is a slight curvature of the spine resembling that of a hunchback.
“Some guys are calling me hunchback … the character from Notre Dame, Quasimodo, saying how’s the bell towers,” he said. “Sometimes it’s heartless when they go deep like that, it doesn’t really get to me that much I try to do something with my play to get back at them. That’s the way I handle it.”
His skeletal disease only makes him more determined, which he demonstrated Thursday night. Not only did Lucic sink one past Isle’s Dipierto with the greatest of ease he later screened him to allow teammate Phil Kessel to make the game 4-1 in the third. The nineteen year old has many dimensions to his game, dominating on the offensive as well as skating back to help in defense.