Players and coaches were feeling the love before they hit the road. With the crowd screaming, “We want The Cup,” and chanting each and every player’s name that stepped foot on the bus, the B’s know they have their fans’ support wherever they go.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid
. “I think that any time you have support like this it gives you added motivation.”
Boston made the most of their two consecutive home games in the Final, putting forth victories of 8-1 and 4-0 in front of a TD Garden crowd that broke sound records in Games 3 and 4 respectively.
“The fans have been absolutely great,” said Head Coach Claude Julien. “The guys enjoy playing here. Our fans are so rambunctious and they’re great.”
While they won’t have the same support in Vancouver as they do in Boston, the Bruins carry with them the momentum they have from the past two wins, as well as the knowledge that a win in Game 5 will give them a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup at home in front of their ever-so-loyal fans.
The B’s call the fans their “seventh player” because of the effect they can have on the other team. But while this player doesn’t get on the bus with the team, their spirit does.
“They support us,” Julien said. “When you get to this stage you really rely on your seventh player in the third.
“They’ve done a great job with that.” ---John Smith