Lucic scores twice, B's dominate in 3-1 win over Jackets
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Milan Lucic kept the Bruins rolling on home ice, scoring twice and setting the physical tone in a 3-1 win over the Blue Jackets at the Garden.
Patrice Bergeron bagged his 8th of the year andopened the scoring for the B's 9:02 into the first period. Bergeron threw a puck on net from the left-circle along the boards where it found its way past Jackets backup Curtis McElhinney with Loui Eriksson screening in front.
Lucic added the second B's goal of the night on the powerplay, providing a grand deflection off of a Torey Krug slapshot from just above the circle. Lucic turned his body as the puck flew towards the net, deflecting off his lower-body and between the five-hole of McElhinney.
The second period didn't see a scoring play, but it did see the first fighting major of the season for the aforementioned Lucic. #17 went toe-to-toe with Dalton Prout, which yielded a rather hefty bout. Both players got some good shots in, with the slight nod going to Looch.
Lucic added his second of the game early in the third at 2:15 after a funky deflection in front. Originally it looked like Looch had recorded a Gordie-Howe hat-trick, with Jarome Iginla in the crease getting the last touch of the puck after it had looped over McElhinney. The video review confirmed that Iginla didn't touch the puck, thus giving Looch his second multi-goal game on the year and not the Gordie.
The Jackets did add a goal in the third from Ryan Johansson on the powerplay, but it was too little too late for the Jackets on Saturday night. They only mustered 14 shots on net, and they never really sustained any real pressure during the 60 minutes.
Lucic has been the best forward all year for the Bruins, with maybe fellow line-mate David Krejci being the other candidate. Lucic already has four more goals this year (11) than he did all of last year, and his physicality has turned games for them, with yesterday versus the Rangers and tonight versus the Jackets being the latest examples.
The Bruins went the entire month of November with recording points at home, with their last outright loss coming way back on October 26th versus the Devils, where they blew a two-goal lead late in the third period.
After an awful night in Detroit on Wednesday, the B's have turned in back-to-back quality performances, showing the true mark of an elite team: bouncing back in a big way after a demoralizing loss.
They are off until Thursday, where they'll take on the Canadiens for the first time this year.