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Running Quote Sheet: Bruins/Canucks

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June 12

VANCOUVER CANUCKS DEFENSEMAN KEVIN BIEKSA
On why both teams are playing better at home…
Home ice advantage I think [laughs]. I think the finals it seems like both cities have really stepped up, they’re both passionate and both want to win and it’s been loud in both buildings. So I think the teams are feeding off of that. And for us tomorrow we’d like to go out and have a good first ten minutes of the game and kind of keep them as quiet as possible and not to feed off their crowd.

On how much difference it would make for the Canucks to score the first goal…
Well first goals is obviously key. Because goals are hard to come by in this series. Other than the eight-one loss, they’ve been all pretty close. We know if we get that first one in on their ice it’s going to change their game a little bit. And they’re a very good defense so they don’t give up a lot so we’d like to change their game plan as much as possible.

On how he maintains his physical play here…
That’s the thing, we have to go a mindset that we’re going to play the exact same way regardless of the crowd and how loud they are and how much they’re cheering. So when we’re hitting and outhitting teams we’re a very good team, we’re a tough team to play against. And that’s when you start getting turnovers in the offensive zone. So that’s got to be our mindset off the bat, is to be physical.

On Roberto Luongo having a shut-out last game…
He took a lot of the criticism and he put it on his shoulders and he ran with it and that’s, you know, what great players do. So he played his best game of the playoffs in my mind and at a crucial time so we expect the same thing out of him tomorrow night.

On if he remembers a time when he was a kid and he dreamed of having a moment like this…
Yeah, probably every other night when I was a kid. When you’re playing road hockey, we used to play road hockey a lot in the winter and build up the snow banks on the side and hit each other into it and pretend we’re playing in the Stanley Cup Finals. So I think most kids were like that and this is definitely you know a dream to play in the finals. But at the same time we’re focused we’ve got on more game left and we can do whatever after.


VANCOUVER CANUCKS FORWARD ALEXANDRE BURROWS
On what they learned in Games 3 and 4 that will help them handle the crowd…
I don’t think so, I think we’ve played in loud buildings all playoffs long. And for us we just have to execute on the ice and that’s what our focus is. 

On if they play a more determined game at home…
Well I don’t think so. I think maybe teams just feed off their crowd’s energy. And for us if we just come out strong we don’t need extra motivation tomorrow. We’re one win away and we know that we are going to have to put our best game out there. 

On what they need to do to play well in this building…
Well we start with the puck and we put pucks in the right places and get in on the forecheck, we will be able to generate some physical play. And if you’re always sitting back on your heels it’s tough to make body contact. So if we’re aggressive, moving the puck well, we’ll be able to get on the forecheck.

On what goes through his mind being one win away from winning the Stanley Cup…
Well all year long we have believed in taking it one day at a time and we are going to be one step closer if we keep working and we’ve had this mindset of one game at a time all season long. And we were good in the regular season, we did good things in the playoffs so far and now we know we are one win away, So we are going to give it our best tomorrow night and hopefully get the result we are looking for. 

On if he thinks about what he personally has gone through on this journey to the Stanley Cup Final…
Not really. I’m just trying to focus on what I need to do tomorrow night to get a win. 

On if he would like to lift the Cup in Boston because of how the Bruins fans feel about him…
I don’t know. That’s not my mindset to rub it in anybody’s face. I just want to get the job done tomorrow and get ready for a big game. 


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On the Bruins’ capability of winning Game65…
Of course, I mean we came back in the first series after being down and everybody counted us out. We came back this series after being down two, nothing. So this team has character and I’m sure everybody is going to come out flying and ready to go.

On what he hopes to add to Game 6…
Yeah maybe score a goal once in a while or contribute offensively somehow. But again, I have to focus on playing good defensively first and the rest will come.

On if playing an elimination game is more intimidating…
You can’t think about that I think though. You just have to focus on your task at hand, play in the moment and don’t worry about what is going to happen if. You really have to, that has to be your mindset in order to play well.

On why they may not have executed certain aspects of the game well in Vancouver…
I don’t know I mean we always say the same things before every game. We want to be physical, we want to get traffic in front of the net. The reason for those things that were not doing, whatever happens, I mean I don’t know what it is. The mindset should be there and those are all big games so there is no reason why we shouldn’t do that stuff. I have no idea.

On the levels of intensity of the Stanley Cup Playoffs…
I mean, this should be the top level. We have been playing on a high level almost all playoffs, and every game right now is huge. I mean, we’ve been playing huge games for the last month and a half or two so that shouldn’t be anything new to us. It’s just about us executing and just putting our minds to it.

On the relationship between the Bruins and the Canucks…
It just happens, I mean there is a big rivalry on the ice, a lot of battles out there a lot of little stuff going on but at the end we have to play in between the whistles and afterwards just skate away and focus on the next puck drop.

On facing one team many times, and what he can compare it to…
I mean in our division we play Montreal that many times, we play Buffalo, all of those teams we play a lot of many times. So there is a great rivalry there so its probably just a little bit more playing in the playoffs and when you face a team that many times day in and day out it gets a little bit more intense.

On if Tim Thomas thrives on the criticism he receives…
Yeah definitely, I mean his whole career has been like that. He started over in Europe then came over here and became a star late in his career. And ever since he has just been outstanding and proving everybody wrong. So I don’t think that is a big deal for him and we all know how well he has played for us.

On if Tim Thomas put games on his shoulders…
I think he puts it on his shoulders every game. I mean he has been bailing us out every game and making huge saves for us. So I mean, I think he has been terrific all series long, all season long. There is no reason for us to even think about whether he did something wrong or right. It’s just something known for him to be great.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On how Thomas will respond to Luongo’s comments…
I’m sure he’s not even going to worry about it. Obviously Timmy’s showed character his whole career and, you know, what he’s been through, I think, mentally he’s so strong it’s just not going to get to him and to be honest he’s just worrying about Game 6.

On if it’s infuriating when someone takes a shot at a teammate…
You know, I think, we’ve seen it before, even in previous series. Sometimes guys are trying to play the head games and you just can’t worry about that and it’s part of the sport, and you just have to worry about what you can control.

On if Luongo’s comments surprised him…
You know, I don’t know him enough to know if he would have said something like that. All I know is that he’s a great guy and a great goalie.

On the Bruins’ game plan when facing Luongo…
Yeah, well obviously he’s proved that he’s a great goalie his whole career and he’s gonna stop the puck if he sees it. And yeah, I think traffic in front is something that needs to be a lot better, needs to be done.

On why the series is so different on home ice for both teams…
I don’t know. It’s a good question but, you know, obviously we’re going to have to use our fans to our advantage tomorrow and then go from there, but to be honest I don’t have an answer for that.

On being on home ice…
Sure, that’s the way I think we’ve got to approach it is, you know, we’re still in it and, you know, you haven’t won or lost the series until you’ve won that fourth game so it’s always the toughest to get. And for us we’re concentrating on getting that third win and going from there.

On forcing a Game 7 and keeping Vancouver from hoisting the Cup in Boston…
Yeah, for sure, I mean obviously in front of our fans, you know, they’ve been great all year and all playoffs, they’ve given us that extra jump and energy that we’ve needed and I’m sure it’ll be the same tomorrow.

On the Bruins’ power play…
Yeah, for sure, I think it goes for all of the situations, you know, offensively, so power play’s included. Yeah, that’s very important against a team like Vancouver which you know, they’re doing a good job of boxing us out but we’ve got to fight our way to the front of the net.

On saying nice things about Luongo…
He’s a great goalie. And, you know, obviously we’re going to have to do a better job in front of him but, yeah, just, we’re thinking about us right now and not about them.

On if he was surprised by Luongo’s remarks that he hasn’t been complimented…
I don’t, to be honest, I didn’t hear what he said or all that stuff, so to be honest I’m trying to stay out of that and I’m not the guy that’s going to give you guys that much juice right now. I’m worrying about myself and worrying about the Bruins.

On if the Bruins failed to capitalize on defensive opportunities in Game 5…
Yeah, I think, it’s something that we’ve talked about to adjust going forward and we’ve done that. In Game 5 it wasn’t as good and we didn’t get the result that we wanted. So yeah, I think we’re going to have to come back to that.

On the challenge presented tomorrow…
Yeah, a lot. I mean, obviously it is a great challenge, something that we can do, tomorrow it’s up to us, and in front of our fans, to take all that energy and emotion that’s going to be in the building and carry that out on the ice.

On what the Bruins bring to the ice…
I think we’ve got a lot of character in this dressing room, we’ve always stepped up to the challenge and we’re a pretty resilient group as well. So I think we have all the combinations to do it but it’s a matter of being all on board together tomorrow.

On if he’s taking the time to reflect on the playoffs and the Final…
No, not now. I’m too, like I said before, before even the playoffs started and even that series, you know, you have to be in your own bubble and be sure you’re staying focused all the time. So I can’t take the time to put myself and see what’s going on, on the outside. My goal is to focus and make sure I’m sharp and it’s all about tomorrow’s game.

On if he’ll reflect on it this summer…
Yeah, for sure. I’m sure I’m going to have to, this summer, look back at it and have a chance to see what happened and try to realize everything that I’ve been through but for now it’s not an option.

On if he’s ever played with a goaltender as dominant as Thomas has been…
No, I mean, I think it would be hard to find a goalie like Timmy, that’s been so dominant like you said but also with the character that he has and the mental strength that he’s shown. I think it’s, he’s a special person, a special player.

On if he’s having fun in the postseason…
Yeah, I mean, well, a chance to win a Stanley Cup is a childhood dream and you have to enjoy the moment and enjoy that, so yeah, it is.

On if the media is the only part that isn’t fun…
[laughs] Well, you know, I guess it’s part of the whole thing and you have to enjoy it as well.


June 11, 2011

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ANDREW FERENCE
On Roberto Luongo saying that he would have made the save on the game-winning goal in last night’s game…
You know what it’s, the things that people say and the things that people do, if they are on the other team, it’s not really any of our concern. It’s the way that they approach things or the way they do things and that’s not part of something we can control or spend too much time worrying about. If it happens within this locker room then obviously things are different. But that’s not going to, I think, weigh to heavily on anyone’s mind. 

On what they need to do to win Game 6…
Well I mean, I was mentioning before, there has been a lot of practice through your whole career or through the season of having to stay alive and keep your hopes alive for the Cup. So every game seven that you play or even the process of the whole season, just trying to stay in the playoff hunt. The little mini practices for this occasion. And it’s about going out and playing the game and having a solid head on your shoulders to do it the right way. It’s not about having any magic potion or anything like that. It’s just about doing the job that you have been practicing the whole year to do. 

On how much of a difference home ice advantage makes on the team’s play…
I mean every game has it’s own, has it’s own developments; it’s own kind of character. I mean I’ve never put a whole lot of weight into home ice advantage but I could be totally wrong. Really who am I to say, all I know is personally how I feel at away rinks and home rinks. And it’s not a whole lot different. Obviously it’s a lot more fun when you hear your fans cheering for you but the way you prepare for the game and all that, I don’t see a huge difference. You know I’m probably the wrong guy to ask, you could ask somebody else and they would probably say it makes a lot of difference. But you know I’m not going to say I’m right.

On if it was smart for Roberto Luongo to take a swipe at Tim Thomas
I don’t know. I mean everybody’s going to do their own thing and handle themselves in certain ways and that’s not up for us to control. You control what comes out of your mouth and you stand by it you. So you know what comes out of other people’s mouths is their decision that’s not something we get too worked up about or you know sit home worrying about. It’s not something you can control.

On teammate Shawn Thornton saying the team got outworked…
Well I mean there’s, I think we’re a team and I think we’ve consistently said that we really need everybody to be firing on all cylinders. And to be, you know, to bring their ‘A’ game to succeed. And I think that’s true you know when everybody is skating well and playing hard and doing their job you know everything works a lot more smoothly. You see more hits, you see better forechecks and you see a more consistent game so I can’t sit up here and argue that our game was as consistent as it has been in other parts of this playoffs. You know it’s definitely a reflection of you know not having everybody going at their best for whatever reason. And it’s just not because of desire or want or anything like that, it’s just the way it is.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On what the Bruins need to do to win Game 6…
Be consistent in our play throughout the sixty minutes. I don’t think we did that last game. Obviously they had a lot of good chances to score but I think if we have a more consistent effort throughout the sixty minutes we’ll be better off.

On the fact that the Bruins are doing some things well…
For sure. You know, obviously it was a one-goal game. We did do some good things in that game. And you know, we’re going to take the positives that we did from that game and kind of move forward.

On Roberto Luongo’s comment on the shot that got by Tim Thomas
Well obviously he is good goalie, we all know that. It’s unfortunate that he is commenting on another good goalies performance. I don’t think Timmy [Tim Thomas] has commented on his style. So obviously Timmy [Tim Thomas] has been unbelievable for us. So you know, we wouldn’t be where we are if it wasn’t for him so that’s really all you can say about that. Obviously at this point in the year I don’t think you don’t need extra motivation to get up for the next game.

On the Bruins offense…
There was times I thought we had some great opportunities that we didn’t capitalize on as opposed to the previous two games where, I thought, we capitalized on most of our opportunities and I think that is just coming down on those opportunities you get and, you know, capitalizing.

On getting motivated for games…
Well I think a lot of times you maybe try to overthink things, overanalyze things and try to go out there and make a forced play and for the most part the best method is just to stay the course, stay with the system stay with what’s worked. You know, most of the time it’s been good for us.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON
On aside from the Canucks being up 3-2, there being a lot for the Bruins to feel good about…
I’m not much of a mathematician. The series is three-two, so I mean we have to, we’re going to have to focus on game six and we’re having success back here at home. The rest of the numbers and other stuff goes right out the window. It’s all about wins and losses this time of year. Yeah, there’s some things to build on. Timmy’s [Tim Thomas] playing unbelievable. We know we can be better, stuff like that. But like I said at the end of the day it’s all about wins and losses.

On a reason why the goal differential has been so different at home and away…
I don’t want to take anything away from them, they’re a really good hockey team, but I don’t think we’ve, I mean the first two games I was upstairs so I don’t have as much of an opinion, but I know we weren’t as good as we needed to be yesterday and I don’t think there’s any excuse for that either.

On the cumulative effect of all the travel…
There’s no, I mean nothing. I’m pretty sure, Anaheim to Ottawa is the same distance if I’m not mistaken, so no excuses. It’s the same for both teams so throw that stuff out the window. If you’re going to be, there’s no excuses this time of year. It’s the Stanley Cup Finals.

On getting proper rest…
Well we’ve been getting a lot of rest actually. We, as far as body clock, we got up early this morning to try to get back on schedule for Monday, hopefully get to bed by a decent hour tonight, try and get body clock back. Last night we went to bed pretty early too. So I mean there’s no real magic formula, it’s, once game time comes, do what you got to do to get ready.

On if the mood was the same as it was coming back after game two…
We’re still down so no. I think guys aren’t happy with the performance so I hope we keep that burr for the next game.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On facing elimination…
We know we’re fighting for our lives, so come back with, we have to be very determined. Make sure that we’re ready, because obviously we’re in a very tough spot. We just have to make sure we’re ready.

On what needs to be different in Game 6…
It just didn’t seem like we had our energy. Everyone seemed a little slow, and our legs just weren’t going. So we just have to make sure we leave everything on the ice next game, and if we go down, we go down fighting.

On if the thought of the Canucks winning the Cup in Boston fires the Bruins up to prevent that…
Yeah. Well I think we want to be the ones to lift the Cup. We want to fight as hard as we possibly can to make sure that happens. We know that if that’s going to happen, we have to win next game. So we just have to make sure that we do our best to make that possible.

On if the Bruins know they can win the next two games…
Yeah we hope so. We’re going to try our best to make sure we leave, we give ourselves the best opportunity to do so. But I guess time will tell.

On if this is a series that’s simply the home team holding serve…
No, I don’t think so. It’s just the way every game’s gone so far. It seems every game is a battle right down to the last minute. It’s usually a little easier to play at home, just because you get last change, you get your fans giving you a lot of energy and emotion. But they’re not going to come in here and just let us have the game because we’re at home. It’s going to be a battle right down to the end, obviously they’re in a clinching position, so we just have to make sure that we’re ready.

On why the Canucks keep picking on Tim Thomas
I just think he’s playing so well right now and that’s just how they decided to go about things. It’s what they’re doing.

On if it’s smart to pick on Tim Thomas
I don’t know, it’s just, obviously both teams go about things a different way. And that’s one way they react to things.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On what it is about being at home that has produced the wins…
Obviously we play a lot more on the edge games three and four. We have to bring the same approach for game six.

On if they have been able to manage their physical game better at home…
Obviously it’s very important to be playing physical. We know that what kind of team we have and what’s our advantage. So we just got to get back to it.

On if it can be a little daunting to have to win the next two games…
Well right now we’re looking at game six. That’s the most important game right now for us. You got to take it one game at a time.

On if he is surprised at Roberto Luongo’s comment that he would have made the save on the game-winning goal last night…
Yeah I am surprised. Obviously it’s something he said, you would have to talk to him about it. But we all know the qualities Timmy [Tim Thomas] has. We all know he’s one of the best goalies in the league so.

On if they take incidents such as the finger biting or the hit on Nathan Horton personally and use it as motivation when they play…
Well for sure it’s something that we can’t control what the other team is saying or the way they act. We just got to focus on our game on the ice.

On if his former experience in elimination games helps him in this situation…
Yeah I mean for sure it does, but every game is different. But you have to approach it, obviously like I said, it’s do or die for us. It’s the most important game for us this season, this playoffs, and we just have to give all we have.

On what kind of approach they bring to an elimination game…
Like I said, you have to do everything you can to win. It’s just one of those things that every little detail can make a difference and we have to work extremely hard every shift.

On how he has been able to neutralize the Sedin line (Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Alexamdre Burrows)…
I said it right before the playoffs, right before the series, try to take as much time and space from them. And that’s what I’m trying to do.


BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On positives from last night’s game…
I don’t know, tough to find positives when you don’t score a goal and pretty much suck. But our goalie played good. 

On the feeling around the room…
We, you know, we always try to keep it even keeled. We sat on the plane for five hours and we obviously have to deal with the loss and shake it off and focus on the future. But we always try not to get too high or too low. So we feel fine.  

On what they have to do to win tomorrow night…
Just play our game. Control our things and make sure we’re in control of our own destiny. And we just have to do the things right and play our game and see what the score is. But we definitely haven’t buried our heads yet and we just have to do things right to be able to win games.

On what he expects from the crowd tomorrow night…
Yeah, you know the first two home games where they were unbelievable and for sure they gave us an extra boost. And I can’t see any reason they won’t be the same way in a game six. 


Postgame

On if they didn’t put enough pressure on Roberto Luongo…
Yeah ,we didn’t. I think a lot of the things you saw tonight are a lot of the things you saw the first two games. Good effort, not good enough. Times where we should have gotten he puck in deep and established our forecheck, wasn’t obvious. We turned some pucks over and give credit to the goaltender, he played well tonight. But we certainly didn’t make it as hard on him as we did in the last two games at home. So those are the things I remember the most from this game. That certainly we could have done better.

On why neither team has been able to win on the road…
Well it is what it is. The two teams that are here are good teams and they don’t give home ice advantage away that easily. So they’ve been good in their own building. I think we’ve been a decent road team for most of the season and right now what we have to do is go back home and create a game seven so we get another shot at them here.

On the power plays in the first period and the decision to use Gregory Campbell more on the power play…
Well he’s done a pretty good job in front of the net. And he is certainly good at tipping and obviously screening, but I don’t think we are capable of doing much with him in front, because we weren’t not getting the set we wanted in the offensive zone. So it certainly didn’t play in our favor. Had we managed to get control of the puck and move it around and create some shots, he would have been a valuable player up front there where he does, normally does a good job.

On going home and facing elimination…
Oh, not at all. We’ve been through this I don’t know how many times. So it’s not something that is new to us. We’ve had to regroup all year. I don’t think we’re a team that has done anything the easy way. So in a certain way it’s not surprising that we’re here in this situation where we have to bring our team back home and create a game seven. We’ve, two of the last three rounds we’ve been through have been seven game series. So our goal right now is to create another one.

On if he feels like the power play took steps back tonight…
Well this was, tonight obviously, the other night although we didn’t score we had some chances. Some much better chances than we did tonight. Tonight was certainly not a good night for the power play. It wasn’t a good night for our whole team as far as creating some real good quality scoring chances. We had some but the thing that, again, that we need to do a lot better is get to the front of that net. We had guys there but on the side and we need to be a little bit more aggressive in that area than we were tonight. And that’s so huge for out hockey club. And we need that.

On if Vancouver’s goal seemed like a designed play to him…
Well, I don’t think that was the play they were necessarily going for. From where the guy shot it, to where it came out, he was pretty wide. Normally those pucks from where he shot it don’t normally come out there, but nonetheless, you make your own breaks. I think tonight, as a whole, they were the better team. And we have to, again, acknowledge that, because if we don’t, we’re not going to be a better team next game.

On the physical play compared to Games 3 and 4…
I don’t think there was anything different. It’s one of those series that has a lot of body checks, and I know they dominated. For the first period at least, I know it was about 21-13 or something like that, but with the power plays we had and the way we started off the game, the team that’s chasing the team that has the puck the most is going to end up with more body checks. So you’ve got to be careful how you look at those things. But they had an edge to their game tonight. They were in front of their home fans and they seemed to thrive on that, and they came out hard and then were a committed group.

On if Vancouver’s third line is a strength of their team…
Well I guess if you want to look at tonight, you look at it that way. Our third line has Michael Ryder on it, it has Tyler Seguin who scored a lot. [Daniel] Paille the other day, the fourth liner, scored a big goal for us shorthanded in Boston. So I don’t think their depth is any better than ours. I don’t believe that anyway, so it was just one of those nights where one goal was scored, and it happened to be from their third line. But that doesn’t mean that their third line dominated our bottom two lines. So, he just happened to be at the right place at the right time.


Pregame

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On if he is glad to see Roberto Luongo starting in goal…
I don’t think that’s something I’m going to stand here and say am I glad. He’s a great goaltender. Goaltenders have tough nights, and as he said, he felt his team didn’t help him in front so that’s really not a big concern of mine right now. My concern is what happens in our dressing room. So it really doesn’t matter.

On how important the forecheck has been for them in this series…
Well our forecheck has been our bread and butter all year. And we talked about making that a better situation this year from the year before and I think we’ve done a good job of it. And we’re successful when the pucks are put in the right places and we’re successful when we’ve got the right forecheck going. I think the last two games have probably been the best examples of that and as you know when we left Vancouver here we didn’t feel good about the way we handled the puck in the neutral zone and certainly didn’t allow us to play within our strengths. And we’ve done that the last two games so I think it’s really important that we keep doing those kind of things, getting some speed through the neutral zones, and establishing a good forecheck.

On what they can do to counter Vancouver’s home ice tonight..
I don’t know, I’m not, you’ve head me say that before each finals here. I’m not big on stats, those things don’t matter to me. And what matters to me the most is what we bring tonight. And I don’t think it’s a given that just because you’re in the finals and they’ve had success in the past that it’s a given that they will again. They have to make it happen and we have to make it happen. So that’s why I don’t pay much attention to those kinds of details and our preparation is about tonight and not about stats.

On if they have more confidence now than they did when the series started…
Are you talking about before the series started or after the game two? [reporter saying before the series started] I think we’re at the same place to be honest with you. I don’t think we ever came in the finals saying, oh boy we’re overmatched here. We got here because we deserve to be here and we felt we had just as good a chance as they did. No matter what predictions people say you don’t come in here with an inferiority complex. You come in here with some confidence and I think that’s what we’ve done in these payoffs. Even being down two-nothing, we took the responsibility that came with the losses and said, we’re capable of playing better and we didn’t deserve those two games so it’s up to us to make up for it. And we went back home and did that.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARDS MICHAEL RYDER, MILAN LUCIC AND DAIVD KREJCI
On what Andrew Ference brings to the team…
Milan Lucic
He’s a great team guy. He has a lot of fun, and since I’ve been here and I think since he’s been here, this is the first year that he’s been healthy, and it’s shown how effective he can be as a player when he is healthy. And he’s been a big part of our team since the start of the year.

Michael Ryder
First when I got here, I didn’t know Andy [Andrew Ference] that much and then got to know him. And he’s been, like Looch [Milan Lucic] said, he’s been through injuries and that’s been tough, and this year he’s been one of our key players to our team. And in the playoffs he’s really stepped up, he’s playing a physical part, even though he’s not the biggest guy out there. He plays hard and gets in players’ faces, and seems to make the right play all the time, and he’s one of the reasons why we’re here.

On the importance of scoring first…
Milan Lucic
A lot of people talk about the comeback year it’s been. In the playoffs, a lot of teams have come back, but in this case so far, that first goal’s been huge, and it seems like it’s been a big one. Especially like you said, for them. Getting that first goal in Game 1, and then Game 2, and for us, getting the first goals back home. We’ve been able to kind of gain momentum off of it, and so have they, and I think our record speaks for itself when we score the first goal. I’m not sure what their record is, but I’m sure it’s pretty good when they score the first goal too. So it’s going to be key, definitely tonight, and whoever’s more prepared and ready to play is definitely going to get that first one.

On what it would be like to play against Brad Marchand
Milan Lucic
I played against him in the Memorial Cup in 2006, and it was the same thing. You wanted to kill him. And you know what, he’s always been a big game player and a big team player, and I think that’s why, as a teammate of him, you appreciate having him on your team because no matter what, he does what he does but he’s always got his teammates’ back. And I think that’s why we appreciate him on this team.

On how the team and Milan Lucic will be received by the Rogers Arena crowd…
Milan Lucic
Obviously it’s a big game. We talked about Game 3 and Game 4 being big games for us, and as the series goes along, every game gets bigger and bigger. And you can’t control what the fans do, or what they say, or how they cheer. We just know that they’re going to be loud and we just want to focus on ourselves and what we need to do in order to play our game and be successful.

On if the team has a nickname besides “rat” for Brad Marchand
Milan Lucic
No. [laughs]

David Krejci
Next question. [laughs].

On balancing the emotional energy of the game and the tactical approach…
Michael Ryder:  Well you know, it’s defiantly going to be emotional out there. And when we show a lot of emotion in our game, we play well. But we have to keep it under control and tonight the fans are going to be behind the Canucks and they are going to be loud. And I think they are going to come out hard and try to set the pace early, and for us, we can’t panic. We have to keep everything in tact and do what we did in Boston. And even though our fans aren’t going to be behind us. It’s just a matter of us having that same mind frame and jut playing our game, and not getting off track.

Milan Lucic: Yeah, we talk about it a lot and especially again this team. I knew you guys, as media, have been giving them a hard time about their power play, but it still is a weapon for them. And we don’t want to get ourselves in trouble by taking too many penalties.

On how critical the forechecking aspect of the game was in Game 4…
Milan Lucic: I think it’s a big part of our success. It’s been a big apart of our success, not just in this year, but in previous years. And we have to be smart with our forecheck, we have to be able toe execute our forecheck. And it all starts with good defense and good breakouts. Because you have to be able to get out of your own zone to be able to play on the offensive zone.

On if they will try to put a lot of shots on Roberto Luongo early…
David Krejci: well obviously we want to try to get the first goal and we don’t want to pass up on any shots, so if we get a shot we have to take it.

On St. Johns getting and AHL team back…
Michael Ryder: Yeah, well after they had the Leafs they had that junior team, the Fog Devils, and that didn’t go over too well. But back home, they are pretty passionate about their hockey, and even the seiner league back home they play, they’ve been using that arena for that. And it’s going to be good for Newfoundland, the economy is actually getting a lot better and it’s doing well. So it’s going to be fun to see how they react to another team. But I’m sure that they will do well and draw some fans because everybody at home loves the game.

On if it has been tough coming home to play…
Milan Lucic: it’s gotten easier, the more and more you come back. Obviously the first couple of times you come back everyone wants to see you and everyone wants to come to the game and what not. It’s funny, I only had to get one ticket for tonight so that’s kind of ice. And for myself, emotional wise, like I talked about it just gets easier to play at home the more and more you are able to play here.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARDS DANIEL PAILLE AND TYLER SEGUIN AND DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On if the Bruins physicality is having an effect on the Canucks…
Johnny Boychuk: Well the first two games, they were playing physical and so were we. In games three and four, it was also physical. It’s not like we changed anything, but we’re still going to do the same things that we have been doing.

On the importance of getting a fast start…
Daniel Paille: Well I guess it would be nice, but it doesn’t always happen that way for us. So, we’ve been there before where we haven’t scored in the first period and been down or tied, so we know to not get too worried about it and just focus on our style.

On what it will take to get the first road win of the series…
Tyler Seguin: Well I think definitely we need that good start like Piesy [Daniel Paille] was talking about. We lost the first two here and we won the last two. We made our adjustments, and I think to win in this building you have to have a good start and try to get the fans out of it a little bit.

Johnny Boychuk: I think just even if we don’t score the first goal, or if we do, we just have to keep playing the same way that we have and not stray away from it. And just make sure that if they do score the first goal, just to not let it get into our minds, and know that we have to come back and make sure to keep doing the same things that are what got us here.

On Johnny Boychuk’s chemistry with Andrew Ference
Johnny Boychuk: Well when you play with one guy for quite some time, I think throughout the course of the year we played, I think all of the defensemen have played with each other. No matter who it was, if it’s either me or Zee [Zdeno Chara], me or Andy [Andrew Ference], me or Kabba [Tomas Kaberle], I think we’ve been doing a good job just trying to adjust to our partner’s kind of style. We have the chemistry that, if they put us with anybody, we can adjust and do the job no matter what.

On if the Bruins have to keep an eye on how the Canucks are around Tim Thomas
Johnny Boychuk: Well if someone does take a liberty, you’ve got to back your goalie up. But he’s a very passionate player and that’s his style of game. He’s not going to stray away from it. He’s playing great, and I don’t want him to change a thing.


On the confidence the team has when Tim Thomas is playing well…
Tyler Seguin: Well definitely, it’s got to make the show good. Regardless of if he has having a good night or a bad night, we always have confidence in him even if he is not getting a shut out, when know that near the end of the game he is always going to make that big save. And it definitely makes, I think from the goalie out, all of us very confident.

On if they have another name for Henrik and Daniel Sedin…
Daniel Paille: Not at all, I mean I’m sure there are a lot of names that people have been calling them, but for us we go out there and we try to play as physical as we can. We have fun and doing how we play, but for me, and I’m not much of a talker out there, so I just kind of get at my play out there and show it there.

On if they have another name for Brad Marchand besides the self-described ‘rat’…
Daniel Paille: Brad did, eh? That’s funny.  I like that name for him, I use it but he’s a confident guy and he’s been nothing but great for us this series and hopefully we can get him to go continue with that.

On what they expect from the Canucks tonight…
Daniel Paille: I expect them to play like they did when we were here last time. They had the crowd. They had the energy, they are going to try to create that momentum through them and our job is to stay within the course, stay focused and realize that we have a job to do. So I think, if we maintain there we will be good.

On how they feel about he Vancouver media labeling the Bruins as villains…
Daniel Paille: I mean it’s been an intense series and I think, from watching years in the past, I don’t know if there has been so much hatred on either side. I think we all want to win and we all put it out there as much as we can. It’s been that type of series where everyone is kind of getting away with things and its been kind of interesting to watch I guess.

On if they play the way they did in Boston it doesn’t matter what building they are in…
Tyler Seguin: Yeah, I think you almost have to maybe pretend like we are playing at home. We have to go out tonight and really block everything out. Just play our game, carry in what we have done the last two games and stay consistent with that. I think if we do that for the full sixty tonight, hopefully it works out for us.

On how Andrew Ference has helped him grow throughout the year…
Johnny Boychuk: Well he does the little things right, he sees the play really well and he skates the puck really well when he has a chance to. He gets his shot though, plays physical and he brings that edge that I like to play as well. He likes to play physical when the time calls to play smart physically. And it’s just when you play with Andy  [Andrew Ference] for a while, it’s nice to know that if you do have an off game, that he is going to be there to back you up or vice versa. If he has an off game, I will be there to back him up. And we know that we got each other’s backs no matter what, and I think that’s great to have in a teammate and defense partner.

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