Lucic hasn't forgotten Cooke's hit on teammate Savard Staff

5/29/2013 2:13:37 PM

With the Boston Bruins set to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final on Saturday, the main storylines will certainly start off with the four wins needed to advance to the Stanley Cup final and still new-Penguin Jarome Iginla taking on the team he almost went to prior to the trade deadline.

But for Milan Lucic, there's still an old wound that hasn't healed - former teammate Marc Savard's NHL career coming to an end after an elbow to the head from Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke three years ago.

"It's an interesting question because if it wasn't for that [Cooke hit], where would Marc Savard be today? He'd still be under contract with us, and would be on our team," Lucic told Joe Haggerty of Comcast Sportsnet. "I still talk to (Savard) and keep in touch with him. He was a good friend of mine when he was on the team.

"It's still in the back of your mind, but it's not the focal point when you're getting ready to play in this kind of a series."

Lucic is one of a dozen Bruins still on the roster after that incident and Cooke answered the bell to forward Shawn Thornton the following season.

Both teams have also played a handful of games against each other over the last three years and Bruins head coach Claude Julien was quick to point out where his club's real focus should be.

"Are you talking about the (Marc) Savard thing? Or are you talking about the way Matt Cooke plays?" he told Haggerty on "There are different ways of answering that. At one point, you've got to move on from certain things. Just like the next question will be like Iginla. Stuff like that. We all know about that. The thing we have to focus on is finding a way to win the series.

"If you just want revenge on this guy or that it really the right focus to have? The best way to get that satisfaction is by winning a series. So I think that's where your focus has to be."

Both teams last met in playoffs in 1992 when the Penguins - with Jaromir Jagr in the lineup - swept Boston en route to their second straight Stanley Cup. Pittsburgh was 3-0 against the Bruins this season with every win in regulation.

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