Lucic buries the OT winner to keep the B's streaking
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In typical Milan Lucic fashion, when faced with a breakaway, his first reaction is to go five-hole.
And that's exactly what he did in overtime with the game on the line.
The Bruins beat the Columbus Bluejackets 3-2 in overtime, with Lucic's goal being the difference.
Lucic buried his 8th goal of the year off a turnover with a minute to go in the overtime session, saving the Bruins a trip to the shootout round, and snatching them the extra point in the standings.
The B's new winning streak now stands at four games as they gear up to hit the road for the next three.
Blake Comeau got the scoring open at 12:48 of the first after he cleaned up his own rebound on the backhand and put it past backup Chad Johnson. Loui Eriksson evened the game at 18:10 of the first, after getting a slight deflection on a Zdeno Chara wrister from the blue line. Patrice Bergeron got the other assist on the play.
Shawn Thornton buried his 2nd of the year with a slapshot that found its way past Sergeri Bobrovsky with some help from a stick deflection in the second. Its Thornton's second goal of the year, to go along with Greg Campbell's second assist and Torey Krug's 6thassist on the year.
Nick Foligno netted his fourth of the year andtied the game up at 2 at 16:34 of the second, with Johnson giving up yet another big-time rebound in the slot, where Foligno swooped in and scored.
A scoreless third period saw the game turn to overtime to decide the winner, and despite Columbus bringing the heat for most of the third and the OT period, the Bruins were able to find the one moment they needed to capitalize.
Lucic blocked a Cam Atkinson shot attempt on net with his ankles, and the puck ricocheted all the way to center ice, where Lucic tracked it down and skated down on Bobrovsky before slipping the puck between his legs, icing the game and the two points for the B's.
The B's grabbed 9 out of a possible 10 points on the five game home-stand, which saw them turn their game around totally from the previous few weeks.
Lucic has surpassed his season total from last season in the goal department, as he scored 7 in the lockout-shortened season; he now has 8 goals in 17 games.
The B's play their third back-to-back of the season, as they will travel to Ottawa to play the Sens on Friday night; they are 2-0 on the second leg of the back-to-back this year, with wins versus San Jose and Anaheim.
B's backup Chad Johnson played a solid game in the net, even though he could use some work on controlling his rebounds. But anytime the B's can grab two points and give Tuukka Rask a night off will work for them just fine.
This is the second time this season the B's have strung together a four game win streak.