After a breakout season last year, when Lucic scored 17 goals and 42 points for the Bruins while gaining the reputation of being one of the biggest, most bruising hitters in the league, the 21-year-old's body all of a sudden began to fight against him. Suffering back-to-back injuries -- first to his finger and then a sprained ankle -- he missed 32 games in the first three months. With the injuries went his hopes of playing in the Olympics in his hometown Vancouver (which, of course, was a bit of a long shot to begin with) or playing in the Winter Classic, which the Bruins hosted at Fenway Park on New Year's Day. It couldn't have been easy to see the opportunities slip away while he waited for his body to heal.
There won't be any more wasted chances for Lucic or the Bruins now. With another tight Bruins-Flyers game knotted at 2-2 late in the third period, the winger saw a bouncing puck land right in front of him in the high slot. A bit like the puck found
The Bruins are beginning to find a rhythm as the series shifts to Philadelphia that seemed to elude them throughout the regular season. Even without their leading goal-scorer
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This is not to say that the Bruins have been dominating the Flyers or tilting the ice in their favor. Philadelphia has been surprisingly resilient in this series, despite missing top scorers
Without a win in their home barn Wednesday, the Flyers might as well become the Bruins' figurative chew toy.