Forward Milan Lucic came out of a six-game scoring drought he was in after a chat with Coach Claude Julien where Julien told Lucic to stop griping the stick so tight. Julien has been happy with Lucic’s play so far this season, but seemed to think he could benefit from ‘pressing’ a little bit less.
The advice seemed to sink in as Lucic broke out of his rut in a huge way, scoring two goals and was a plus-one in the Bruins 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Lucic, like most of the Bruins didn’t attend the teams optional skate held Monday and it’s a well deserved four days off for him and those guys.
There were six Bruins that attended the optional practice though, including Danielle Paille, Tuukka Rask, Chad Johnson, Shawn Thornton, Jordan Caron and Matt Bartkowski. Perhaps the most notable being Bruins starting goalie Tuukka Rask.
After starting the season at a nearly untouchable rate, Rask’s play had fallen off slightly and I know he’s enjoying this time off right now, but not too much. Rask allowed six goals against the Red Wings and two softer goals against the Rangers, but that’s not stopping him from working on his craft.
Perhaps the biggest thing I look at with Rask is his dedication to winning and getting better. He looks to me like he could use a mental break, but he still showed up to practice today.
“Freakin’ Goalie Bob comes here and tells us to go out on the ice.” said a joking Rask. “He’s trying to be a hero. I haven’t had any really good goalie skates, so it was good to go out there and get a sweat while seeing some shots. It isn’t as hard physically as it is mentally when you get scored on by Shawn Thornton.”
Rask’s numbers this past month were up from October’s greatness where he posted a 1.73 goals against and a .940 save percentage to the month of November where he posted a 2.06 goals against and a .929 save percentage. Still, with the slight slip, Rask was all in good humor today and he obviously believes that practice makes perfect.