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BOSTON (AP) - Boston winger Milan Lucic didn’t hide the thoughts many of his teammates may have had in the Bruins’ locker room following a fairly easy win over Carolina.
“I just hope we’re not peaking right now and keep wanting more,” Lucic said after the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins beat the Hurricanes 5-1 on Saturday afternoon for their eighth straight victory.
“We’ve done a good job of staying focused and keeping on the task at hand,” he said. “It seems like we’re playing at our highest level of the season so far. It seems to have gotten better since the start of February and Olympic break.”
“If he thinks we’re peaking too soon I can show him areas where we can play better,” he said, breaking into a grin. “We’re playing well and working hard.”
Alexander Semin had the goal and Cam Ward made 36 saves for the Hurricanes, who lost for the eighth time in 11 games.
Johnson, playing with regular goalie Tuukka Rask getting the day off, is 8-0-1 in his past nine starts.
Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk had to be helped off the ice favoring his right leg after going off-balance into the boards midway into the third period. He was back about a minute later and ended up blocking a shot before limping off on his next shift.
Boston grabbed a 1-0 lead on Lucic’s goal 15:28 into the opening period. Krejci was falling after being tripped on what would have been a penalty on Eric Staal, but he pushed the puck ahead to Lucic. The winger then snapped off a quick shot inside the right post into a wide-open area with Ward over near the other post.
“It’s funny. I was talking to him after the play,” Lucic said, smiling. “He said he was going to shoot it. It’s a bit of a lucky play to come back to me. Again, you’ve gotta be lucky to be good sometimes. That’s what happened there. That’s how it goes sometimes. You can be working hard and playing well and things don’t go your way.”
Lucic then set up Iginla to make it 2-0 at 17:24 of the second. The Bruins’ rugged winger outworked defenseman Jay Harrison for the puck in the corner, hustled to it behind the net and sent a pass out front to Iginla, who fired a wrist shot inside the far post over Ward’s glove.
Boston broke it open with two goals later in the period before Krug scored in the final seconds.
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