Bruins coach Claude Julien said Monday morning that his team’s offensive struggles had to do with more than just the scoring drought of Milan Lucic. But of course, there was really no denying the power forward’s ongoing issues. Lucic entered Monday night’s game with the Maple Leafs mired in a big-time slump. He hadn’t scored since Feb. 24, and had been held pointless in seven of his last eight games. Those struggles led to a demotion of sorts, as Lucic found himself on the Boston third line to begin Monday’s game. He apparently got the message, though, as Lucic bounced back with a much better showing, scoring his first goal in 15 games in the Bruins’ 3-2 shootout win at TD Garden. There’s no doubt that the frustration was starting to build. Lucic was a shell of himself on Saturday night in Toronto and the disappearing act had appeared to reach a new low. That frustration carried over for at least a period Monday when the big forward failed to score on a power play and then slammed his stick on the bench in frustration as the period came to a close. “It was starting to get really frustrating going as long as I did without a goal,” Lucic said after Monday’s game. “You try so many different things and pushing and pushing and when things stop working, you start second-guessing yourself.” It shouldn’t come as much surprise to anyone who’s ever watched Lucic play that when he finally did break out of his slump, he did so by moving his feet. Lucic took a pass from new (temporarily, at least) linemate Rich Peverley and skated hard into the Toronto zone. He got by the defensemen and eventually beat James Reimer five-hole. It was a prototypical Lucic goal. It featured plenty of hustle and heavy speed, and just enough skill and touch around the net to finish. It was enough to make you wonder why it sometimes disappears for so long at a time. “My game is pretty simple,” Lucic said. “No matter who I’m playing with, I’m expected to play a certain way. I play the same way no matter who I play with. “

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