Lucic says he's learned his lesson

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: 2:22 PM ET

MONTREAL - Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic said his team learned from last year.

We’ll see tonight.

As the Bruins prepared for tonight’s Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre, Lucic said last year’s collapse against the Philadelphia Flyers is never far from the B’s thoughts.

The Bruins became just the third team in NHL playoff history to blow a 3-0 series lead.

“We don’t want to make the same mistake,” said Lucic about not finishing a team off when they have the chance. The Bruins lead the Habs 3-2 after Montreal won the first two games of the series in Boston. “You definitely learn from it. It’s a lot easier to talk about now than it was before.

“We have to play with same desperation they’re going to come out with. They’re going to come out flying. It’s going to be fun to be a part of.”

The Bruins have won three straight games, the last two in overtime, as there hasn’t been a lot separating the two teams in this series.

The Canadiens faced elimination five times in the first two rounds last spring and won all five games against the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“We’ll draw on the experience, but it’s not about what happened in the past or what could happen in the future,” said Canadiens defenceman Hal Gill. “It’s being in the moment and executing. We have to worry about what we do well and take care of the details and we’ll be successful.”

The Canadiens are expected to be without forward David Desharnais, who worked his way up the lineup with his strong play and finished Game 5 playing on a line with Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta. He apparently injured his knee in overtime. The status of defenceman James Wizniewski is also up in the air. He missed stretches of Game 5 with an undisclosed injury and has not practised the last two days.

If they cannot play, it is expected Yannick Weber, the defenceman who played as a forward in Game 2, and defenceman Paul Mara will go into the lineup tonight.

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