Bruins' Lucic recovering from wrist surgery; 'Could have handled [loss to Canadiens] better'

July 18, 11:55 PM

Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic underwent wrist surgery shortly after his team lost in the second round of the playoffs at the hands of the rival Montreal Canadiens.

The injury occurred after the wrist was jammed during the first period of the series-deciding contest; Lucic told Ken Campbell of The Hockey News that pins were recently removed, saying "I can finally start my summer program to get myself going for next season."

Lucic also addressed comments made in the handshake line following the bitter loss. While the power forward remains firm in not apologize for his actions, he does admits some regret for how he handled the situation:

I’m not going to apologize for how I acted or what was said. But at the end of the day, thinking about it now, maybe I definitely could have handled the situation better than I did. But more than saying what I said to the players, I was upset with losing. I was upset with losing to them. We had such a great team that had won the Presidents’ Trophy and that being the end and losing the way that we did, I think it all just accumulated to me losing my cool in the handshake.

Back to the injury, Lucic added “I’m hoping I can get all the movement back to where it was prior to the injury." 

In 80 games last season, the 26-year-old registered 24 goals and 35 assists. He also chipped in four goals and three assists in 12 playoff games.

Oh, and the Bruins are set to visit the Canadiens on Oct. 16.