When there are two days off between games without a travel day in between, that means media and players will have a lot of time to fill with very little to talk about.
Game 1 of this series was Wednesday. That means reporters peppered players with questions after the game Wednesday, then at practice Thursday and Friday, then again Saturday morning. By the time Saturday rolls around, everyone is desperate for a hockey game to be played, just so there's not another question to ask or answer.
"I think everyone's dying to get back at it," Bruins forward Nathan Horton said. "It's been a long two days. We need to be better and we know we can. That's what we talked about."
Defenseman Tomas Kaberle, who has been available for reporters Thursday, Friday and then again today, was standing with just two reporters around him while other players had larger gatherings. But before anyone could ask a question, almost out of desperation, he asked to wait for more reporters to come to him just so he wouldn't have to answer the same questions over... and over ... and over ... and over again.
Coach Claude Julien also met with reporters for a third straight day. It was business as usual during his press conference, but he wasn't sitting close enough to the microphone to be heard. Cameramen in the back of the room made the problem aware to him, so Julien pulled the microphone closer.
"Test, test," he said.
Not that it wasn't funny, but it was as if the room was filled with fraternity brothers and Dane Cook was performing. After three days, we're all desperate for something new.
For the players, that something new tonight will be not feeling the same nerves they felt in Game 1.
"That Stanley Cup title might be in your head for Game 1," Tyler Seguin said. "I was nervous for sure. Now you know what it's like. You got your feet wet."
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