Bruins need Lucic to step up

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price makes a save against Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic...

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price makes a save against Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic during the third period in Game 2 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarter-final hockey game in Boston, Massachusetts, April 16, 2011. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:00 PM ET

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins go into Game 5 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal on Saturday tied 2-2 with the Montreal Canadiens and still looking for their first goal from power forward Milan Lucic.

The 22-year-old had 30 goals for the B’s in the regular season, but has been held to just five shots in the first four games of the series (Patrice Bergeron leads the Bruins with 16).

He’s gone 14 games now since scoring his last goal.

It’s a bit of a story that the Bruins could be tied in the series with nothing from their big gun.

“We’ve won the last two games and in the playoffs, the only thing that matters is wins and losses,” said Lucic. “I’m not happy with the way I’m playing and I know I can bring a lot more. For now, I have to stop thinking negatively about what I’ve done wrong and think about what I can do right.

“I’ve always put pressure on myself and never had a problem dealing with pressure in the playoffs. I’ve just got to go out there and bring what I can bring.”

In Lucic’s absence, the Bruins have gotten good production from Bergeron (two goals and three assists) and Chris Kelly, brought in from the Ottawa Senators at the trade deadline, who has two goals and two assists. Ex-Hab Michael Ryder also has two goals, including the winner in overtime in Game 4 at Montreal Thursday to tie the series.

“It’s been a tough battle to get back in the series,” said Lucic. “We know it’s going to be even tougher to get the next win.”

The road teams have won the games in this series so far, so the Habs will be hoping form holds. Road teams are 21-14 in the playoffs so far. At home, the Canadiens didn’t look like the disciplined team they were in the first two games of the series. They blew 1-0, 3-1 and 4-3 leads in Game 4.

“We’ve had some pretty good periods and some pretty good games,” said Canadiens winger Mike Cammalleri, who leads the club in scoring with two goals and five assists. “It’s trying to string them together.”

Whoever wins tonight will have a chance to wrap up the series in Game 6 back in Montreal Tuesday.

chris.stevenson@sunmedia.ca

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