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B's Want to Take Advantage of their Opportunity

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- Nobody needs to tell any of the Bruins what tonight represents, but there are variations on the theme throughout the team.

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson deflects a shot as Boston Bruins left wing Recchi looks on in the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference final playoff series on Thursday, May 19, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
"As young as I am even [22], you never even know if you'll get another chance," said left wing Milan Lucic when asked about Game 7.

"Especially for win a game here, you get to play in your hometown for the Stanley Cup.

"Like I've said before, you've got to go out there and have fun, no regrets, and lay it all out on the line," he said.

Future Hockey Hall of Famer and Stanley Cup champion Mark Recchi's been on the precipice before, but even he spoke about how special an opportunity the Bruins have in tonight's contest.

"I mean, it's pretty exciting," said Recchi of getting to play Game 7 in TD Garden in front of the B's home crowd.

"It's been a long time since this team's been to the Finals -- quite some time now -- so they're pretty excited, you know.

"It's been a great atmosphere out there and we're gonna have fun with it.

"We've finally got nice weather outside," added Recchi. "So they'll be cheering a little bit more, so I think it's exciting all the way around."

Seguin celebrates with goalie Tim Thomas after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference final series on Thursday, May 19, 2011 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
First year forward Tyler Seguin, 19, sounded much closer to Recchi's age, 43, when he waxed philosophical about tonight's game.

"Obviously, it's a great opportunity," said Seguin. "You know, it could be the only...Conference Final game seven I've ever played in.

"Who can predict that?

"Every year you just go and you skate your hardest and you stay focused and see what happens," he said.

Seguin was asked if the B's long playoff run in his rookie season left him amazed.

"I don't know if 'amazed' is the word, but obviously...coming into this year, I knew the Bruins were a Cup-contending team," he said. "You just take advantage of everything you have, every opportunity you have.

"That's what I'm doing, that's what the team's doing."

Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien was also spoke about tonight as an opportunity.

"When you have the choice of saying if you’d rather be in Tampa or at home, I think it’s pretty obvious which one we’ll pick," said Julien of his club's home ice advantage. "This is what you fight for all season long, home ice advantage in the playoffs.

"And this is the opportunity that is given to us.

"It worked for us in our favor against Montreal and we plan on making it work again in our favor today," he said.
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