BOSTON - As far as Boston Bruins winger Milan Lucic is concerned, it gets late early in the first round of the NHL playoffs.
When asked if Saturday’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal was a “must win” for the B’s after dropping Game 1 on home ice 2-0 to the Montreal Canadiens, he replied: “Definitely.”
“It’s no secret the Bell Centre has not been an easy building for us, especially this year,” said Lucic, who was held to just one shot on Canadiens goaltender Carey Price. “It’s definitely a must-win for us to try and get the split.”
After Saturday’s game here, the series will shift to Montreal for Game 3 Monday and Game 4 Thursday.
Lucic made it clear what the B’s have to do Saturday: get in Price’s face.
“They were doing a pretty good job of boxing us out and he played real good for them,” said Lucic. “The focus for us is we might want to get in there a little more. He saw a lot of pucks and made a lot of saves.”
Bruins coach Claude Julien sounded a lot like the coaches vanquished last spring by the Habs in their upsets of the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.
“I thought we dominated the game,” said Julien. “We just didn’t score any goals.”