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Coaches Prepare for Game 6

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- On the surface, head coaches (and good friends) Alain Vigneault and Claude Julien have very different tasks going into Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Boston's Coach Julien must coax one more home win out of his club. Vancouver's Coach Vigneault would like to end the series on the road.

But neither coach wants his club thinking about anything besides a "W."

"For us, it's about staying in the moment," said Vigneault. "We know as a group we have to be better tonight.

"We have to be better 5-on-5, we have to be better on our power play.  I know I said that for Game 3 and 4, but tonight I really, really, really mean, that tonight we're going to have to be better on our power play.

"I think everybody is excited about the opportunity. Yes, we want to enjoy the moment, but we know we have to be focused and put our best game on the ice," he said.

Julien's comments were remarkably similar.

"I think that's one thing I've done and told my players, too, you've got to enjoy the moment if you want to remember it," said Julien. "This is something pretty special for everybody, so we've taken the time to do that. I've taken time to do that. It's been a lot of fun.

"Our plan is to continue having some fun here."

For a hockey player, the ultimate in fun is lifting Lord Stanley's Cup, but Vigneault said his club will avoid the subject pregame.

"We're not going to talk about the cup, we're going to talk about the process and what we need to do on the ice to put our best game there," he said. "If we do that then usually the results take care of themselves. 

"That's been our whole mindset since day one of training camp, and it's not going to change tonight."

Likewise, Coach Julien said his Bruins must remain focused on Game 6.

"I think it's clear to our players that all the focus should be about tonight. If you want to create a Game 7, you have to focus on tonight's game, not on Game 7," he said.

"So we're going to be ready, I think our guys understand that. I don't think we're looking any further than tonight's game and let the rest of the stuff take care of itself.

"Our guys have done a good job with that in the past," continued Julien. "Whether we've been in the lead or whether we've gotten behind in the beginning of a series, we never let ourselves look too far ahead so our guys deserve a lot of credit for that."

That said, Julien said his B's have to play their game to be successful.

"I think they were more physical than we were [in Game 5] and that's certainly something that they did very well in that game," said Julien. "We know that we have to be better in regards to that if we want to establish our forecheck.

"We've got to match [them] hit-for-hit if not be better than them. So, it's something that has to happen, not for the sake of trying to run 'em out of the rink, but for the sake of establishing what we want to establish and creating the things that we want to create."

Vigneault's squad will try to counter Boston's attack.

"We've talked about making every shift count and making every period count and that's what we're going to try to do tonight," he said.
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