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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 27: Nathan Horton #18 of the Boston Bruins celebrates with Milan Lucic #17 after Horton scored the winning goal in overtime against the Montreal Canadiens in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 27, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

In a move that sent waves of excitement through the Boston sports community, the Bruins made a significant acquisition at the start of NHL free agency. Among the various signings, the one that resonated the most with the fans was the return of a familiar face and beloved power forward, Milan Lucic. The one-year, $1 million deal brought the rough and tough winger back to where he always felt a special connection – Boston. Ever since his departure in 2015, he had often expressed his desire to don the Bruins jersey again.

Lucic, now 35 years old, was originally selected by the Bruins in the second round (No. 50) of the 2006 NHL Draft. He had a memorable stint with the team, playing an instrumental role in helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2011. Now, with an additional $500,000 in performance-based incentives included in his contract, he’s determined to leave his mark once again.

 

 

Throughout his career, Lucic has amassed an impressive 584 points (233 goals, 351 assists) in 1,173 regular-season games, showcasing his scoring prowess and ability to create opportunities for his teammates. Furthermore, he demonstrated his playoff mettle, contributing 77 points (29 goals, 48 assists) in 136 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

As the 2023-2024 season approaches, anticipation builds for Lucic’s return to TD Garden on October 18th, where he’ll face the Chicago Blackhawks in the Bruins’ season opener. Undoubtedly, the roar of the crowd will be deafening as the fans welcome back the man affectionately known as “Looch.” His tenacious playing style and undeniable fighting prowess have made him one of the most admired fighters in the sport’s history.

With Lucic officially back in Boston, it’s only fitting to reminisce about some of his most memorable moments. Join us as we take a trip down memory lane and recount his top fights in a Bruins uniform, celebrating the intensity and passion he brings to the game. As the Bruins embark on a new season with Lucic leading the charge, the excitement and expectations are higher than ever before.

  • Lucic vs Mike Komisarek

     

    What’s better than watching the Bruins beat the Habs? Watching the Bruins beat and beat up the Habs. This classic fight starts off with a flurry of punches from both fighters before Lucic cracks Komisarek with a right and sends him careening to the ice. Oh yeah, and the Bruins won 5-1.

  • Lucic vs Chris Neil

     

    It takes about 5 seconds for Lucic to turn Chris Neil’s face into a plate of spaghetti. Despite Neil making a mess on the ice, he doesn’t flinch much when Lucic hammers him. As a result, this fight appears to be more of a gritty stalemate than a decisive victory. Just imagine if this fight had taken place during the regular season!</span>

  • Lucic vs Paul Gaustad

     

    Fans in Buffalo must have been hyped to see fan-favorite Paul Gaustad take on Lucic. However, their excitement turned to disappointment when Gaustad was dropped after just 21 seconds. It’s a cool fight to watch if you want to see an easy win, but it ultimately feels like a whole lot of teasing for a quick Lucic victory.

  • Lucic vs Joel Rechlicz

     

    As Jack Edwards put it, Rechlicz “assaulted Lucic’s knuckles with his nose.” Though Rechlicz did manage to land some good hits on Lucic, which is more than some of the people on this list can say (looking at you, Paul Gaustad).

  • Lucic vs Komisarek II

     

    Komisarek wasn’t satisfied with being dropped once and came back for more as a member of the Maple Leafs in 2012. The result was about the same.

  • Lucic vs Jay Rosehill

     

    It’s always great to see a close fight, and this classic Lucic brawl is just that. Both fighters trade haymakers before Rosehill tries to rip Lucic’s helmet off, and the refs step in to break up the brawl. It’s a solid minute of fighting with plenty of hits on both sides. Besides, who doesn’t love to see the Bruins fight the Leafs?

  • Nick Gemelli is a Producer for the Toucher and Rich program and contributor for 985thesportshub.com. you can follow Nick at @NickGemelli on Twitter.

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