BOSTON -- Bruins forward Milan Lucic is well aware of the championship drought in his native Vancouver. He'll not-so begrudgingly look to extend the misery of the locals during Wednesday's Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
"The [Vancouver] fans have wanted it for a long time," said Lucic, who scored the second goal of a four-score first-period outburst that fueled Boston's 5-2 triumph in Monday's Game 6 at the TD Garden. "This is something that the city's wanted there for a long time and, what can you say? For us, we just have to go up there and play well."
Pressed on the Cup drought, Lucic smiled and laughed, but politely noted that it's been just as long of a wait for Boston fans.
"Well, it's been so long here, too, in Boston," said Lucic, referring to the last Cup triumph in 1972. The Canucks joined the NHL in 1970 and have lost both previous appearances in the Stanley Cup finals.
"It's almost been the same amount of years where the team hasn't brought a cup to their city. Like I said, we just have to focus on what we need to do to come out on top."
Lucic admitted a Game 7 is something "you dream about growing up," but noted the key for Boston is not to get caught up in the moment.
"I think we need to relax," said Lucic. "I think the last three games there, we played sort of tense. We weren't making the same plays that we were here at home and if we're able to relax and just focus on our game plan, it will be a success."