Vancouver Province article (Seeing means scoring for Lucic)October 26 2008 at 5:45 AM
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Seeing means scoring for Lucic
New contact lenses lead to three-goal game
Published: Sunday, October 26, 2008
BOSTON -- Contact lenses are paying immediate dividends for Milan Lucic.
Lucic, playing his second game with the lenses, notched his first career hat trick and added an assist Saturday to lead the Boston Bruins to a 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers.
"It's like going from ordinary TV to high-definition TV," joked Lucic, a former Vancouver Giant who is in his sophomore NHL season. "It's good to be out there when your vision's clear."
Boston power forward Milan Lucic celebrates his first goal of the game with teammate Marc Savard on Saturday.
Adam Hunger -- Reuters
Lucic, who wore contacts last year but lost them in a fight, scored in the second period to forge a 2-2 tie, gave Boston a 4-3 advantage early in the third and flipped a backhander past goalie Johan Hedberg late in the session to snap a 4-4 deadlock.
"No doubt that was a big game from him that we needed," Boston coach Claude Julien said.
Stephane Yelle and David Krejci also scored for the Bruins, who picked up their first home win of the season on a night that started in odd fashion.
Before the game, arena staff noticed the faceoff dots on one end of the ice were measured improperly, four feet from the end line more than NHL regulations. To be fair, the league had the teams switch sides midway through the third.
FLYERS 3 DEVILS 2 OT SMOKE BOMB A FIRST
PHILADELPHIA -- Jeff Carter scored at 3:44 of overtime as the Philadelphia Flyers posted their first winning streak of the season with a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
For Carter, it was his sixth goal of the season and extended his goal-scoring streak to four games.
"I knew Ossi [defenceman Ossi Vaananen] had it back there, and I just turned and tried to get in front of him," Carter said. "I kind of slipped out, and my stick just happened to time it perfectly and got a piece of it."
Carter's goal came in an extra session that was delayed after a smoke bomb was thrown onto the ice by a fan.
"I thought that was kind of weird. It's the first time I've seen that," Flyers winger Mike Knuble said. "You kind of just have to play through it, and we scored right after that."
"It smelled like New Year's," Vaananen said of the smoke.
© The Vancouver Province 2008
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