November 28, 2023

Lucic, who bumped as much as the Pavel Zacha-David Pastrnak line towards the Kings because of Jake DeBrusk’s benching for being late to a workforce assembly, launched himself to the NHL on this constructing when it was nonetheless generally known as the Staples Heart.

Again in 2007, then-19-year-old Lucic, taking part in in simply his fourth sport, posted the vaunted “Gordie Howe hat trick” of a aim, an help, and a battle.

“I feel that sport stored me within the NHL,” Lucic stated, noting that he was in the identical boat then that rookie Matt Poitras is in now. As soon as he hits 10 video games, he burns the primary 12 months of his entry stage deal.

Although the aim and help had been each the primary of Lucic’s profession, he was most pleased with his battle with Raitis Ivanans.

“Yeah, positively. As a 19-year-old, taking over a legit heavyweight in Ivanans, that was a confidence builder for me simply to indicate that I can maintain my very own towards a man like that,” stated Lucic. “I feel he was 240, 250 [pounds] on the time. So yeah, clearly it’s all the time been a particular place for me due to that sport and I’ve all the time loved coming again right here.”

Lucic, who comes again to the world through the summers and really was out right here when he agreed to rejoin the Bruins in July, nonetheless maintains connections he made throughout his one-year run with the Kings.

“There’s numerous nice guys that I received to play with right here and it’s an excellent group,” he stated. “It’s a particular place. It’s a enjoyable place to play, so I all the time stay up for taking part in in LA.”

Lucic was additionally wanting ahead to taking part in together with his new linemates.

“I’ve had chemistry with Pasta prior to now and I’ve gotten some shifts with him to this point all through the three video games and each time we received on the market, I felt like we created one thing. So yeah, it’s simply a chance for myself,” he stated. “However all in all, I do know we’re solely 4 video games in, nevertheless it’s positively our largest take a look at of the season towards among the best groups within the league, and it’s an enormous take a look at to see the place our sport is actually at.”

Lucic’s spot on the fourth line with Johnny Beecher and Jakub Lauko was taken by Patrick Brown, who made his Bruins debut.

A former Boston Faculty standout, Brown has 138 video games underneath his belt with 10 objectives and 24 factors.

It was unclear when the assembly DeBrusk was late for passed off. The workforce flew to Los Angeles after Thursday’s win in San Jose and had been off ice Friday.

Mitchell thrilled about debut

Defenseman Ian Mitchell additionally made his season debut for Boston, taking Kevin Shattenkirk’s spot on the third pairing with former King Derek Forbort.

“The man’s performed very aggressive, favored his skating, favored his puck administration and somebody that had a extremely good camp that we’re excited to see play,” stated coach Jim Montgomery.

Mitchell, who has performed in 82 profession video games throughout elements of three seasons with the Blackhawks, got here to Boston as a part of the Taylor Corridor-Nick Foligno commerce.

“I couldn’t be extra thrilled, to get to place that jersey on, unique six, all of the historical past to get on the market with the blokes and I’ve been itching to get in, so very excited,” stated Mitchell.

Matt Grzelcyk took over Shattenkirk’s spot on the second power-play unit, manning the purpose reverse Hampus Lindholm.

Kings’ feats

A milestone evening for a few longtime Kings. Heart Anze Kopitar set the franchise mark for video games performed at 1,297, and defenseman Drew Doughty hit profession sport No. 1,100. “Future Corridor of Famers, nice guys, nice workforce guys, nice gamers,” stated Lucic. “There’s a cause why they’ve each helped lead their workforce to 2 Stanley Cups they usually’re nonetheless going robust. It’s all the time enjoyable to play towards them, so congrats to them.” … Rafter verify: The Kings have retired seven numbers: Rob Blake (4), Marcel Dionne (16), Dave Taylor (18), Luc Robitaille (20), Dustin Brown (23), Rogie Vachon (30), and Wayne Gretzky (99). Dionne and Vachon’s banners are within the franchise’s unique traditional gold and purple hues … Did you do not forget that Vachon, a Corridor of Fame goalie, completed his profession in Boston, successful 44 video games in black and gold throughout the 1980-81 and 81-82 season?

Jim McBride may be reached at [email protected]. Observe him @globejimmcbride.

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