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Running Quote Sheet: Bruins/Canucks

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

June 17



BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:00 AM
On if the win has sunk in yet, and what it means to him both personally and to the franchise…
It started to sink in, first priority yesterday was to get some rest. I’m not sure if that priority was with the players but I had some rest. But now it’s starting to sink in, again it’s such a long journey. The two months, it’s such a long journey. The time before that of course is hard work, and everyone is tired. We went to game seven in three series and it speaks to the resolve of the team to come out on top of those three series. Let alone the last series, more significantly than most series in the last series. So you know I think as the day’s progress it’s going to sink in. And I think Wednesday night I said words can’t describe the feeling, well it’s a pretty good feeling and it’s getting better. So I don’t mind that.

On how he feels looking back on the transactions he made or didn’t make for this season…
Well I guess there’s an element of hope. When you make deals it’s our job to be fairly confident that they’re going to work out. So you know, I never, though I hope, I go into the deal, if I hope then I usually don’t make that deal if that’s all there is. So the deals that we made, really it started for me when we got Dennis Seidenberg we had to be fairly aggressive with that deal for a couple of reasons. And you know we obviously had him in the playoffs but he was obviously a big part of our team this year. And then the [Nathan] Horton deal was obviously significant, and we felt like we had to be aggressive again there before the draft because there’s a flurry of deals at the draft. And he’s a big, Seids [Dennis Seidenberg], Horton, they’re both big, strong players and that was something we’ve always tried to have. And of course if you fast forward to the trade deadline or before the trade deadline, those were pieces that we had to do, we were pressed. We were going to improve the team regardless of Savvy [Marc Savard], but we needed to backfill so to speak. And we needed to do it earlier to get ahead of the race and also to get the guys in there a little bit earlier. You know Seids, Horts [Nathan Horton], Pev [Rich Peverley], Chris Kelly, and [Tomas] Kaberle, these were guys that we’ve always been targeting. You know you can have a wish list and it’s just going out and executing and getting it. And that’s what the hard part is. And I know Tomas [Kaberle] has, had been criticized. The expectations were very high on him when he came in but you have to understand that, I go to him because he seems to be, of the group that we brought in, seems to be the most vulnerable. You know he brings, and you saw it more against Vancouver, he brings the ability to both slow down the play and speed it up with his passing and skating. And he freezes guys, he freezes guys for the opposing forecheck, he freezes them in the neutral zone. He makes great passes, he skates into the trap, I think he was our top defensive scorer, he skates into the trap. So anyways, he was a real important component here and I know he was criticized for a time. But you know I’ll continue to defend him because he’s a good person and he brought a lot to the back end.

On if the adversity the team has faced in the past has prepared the team for this moment…
I think it helped us tremendously. To go through those experiences first hand, to see the pain and experience the pain. And see the pain on the players, to know that they have the character in the first place. So I was really confident that we were going to grow on that, I was really confident that we were going to grow on that. I know it’s easy to say in hindsight now, but you know there was something that, with the core that we kept following last year’s series loss, we knew that they would grow on that. And we made sure it was a priority, we addressed it from day one of training camp and in all of our activities. If you go through history, recent history, there’s always those teams that end up winning. There’s a year, there’s an experience that they grow from and we just happened to have two successive years that we were able to springboard off of.

On if any players had injuries that caused them to play hurt or if any players need work in the off-season…
Well I know Nathan [Horton], before he was hurt with his concussion was actually hurt. He had a serious separated shoulder. I think, I can’t remember the game, but I think you can recall if you go back it was like, it was, he got hit, he had scored the winning goal that game. He got hit on the boards. So he was hurt significantly. I haven’t had the full report. I have a sense of what the medical report will be just from talking to doctors on a daily basis. We have our guys, I think we’ll only have one, maybe two, surgeries and we’ll get that out there when I get all the information. But we’ve had our guys dinged up, and all teams do. Like Vancouver did and Tampa did and Philly did. Montreal did. I think what I can say about the injury front is we were fortunate from that perspective. And again when you look back at past winners, I remember the one year Tampa won I think they had like twenty man-games lost due to injury the whole year in the playoffs. So you have to have an element of luck. And on that front we certainly did.

On how winning the Cup will affect him in future deals he hopes to make…
Well what I can tell you is that it’s not easy making deals anyways. I don’t know if it’s because we’re an Original Six team, we’re the Boston Bruins, that we have had good teams in the last two or three years and no one wants to help us. And that’s a natural reaction from other GMs. Like they’re your colleagues, they’re your friends, but they don’t have to go out of their way to help you. And I feel the same way. It’s like we’re a very competitive group. So this will only hurt it. Right here the level of difficulty is here to make deals and that will be up here. But if you, we try and be aggressive in timing for these deals, going after guys that we want. And we’re going to continue to do that.

On if there was a point last season where Tim Thomas was close to being moved…
Not really. Like if you can recall at the time there was a, kind of a mutually agreement between myself and Tim [Thomas] and Bill Zito, Tim’s agent, just to explore it and on the premise that Tim does not want to leave Boston. And that’s really where it ended. It’s really where it ended. And there was some calls in that and they kept him in the loop at all times and he kept stressing he didn’t want to leave. And I said I know, let’s just look at this very briefly. And I know there are a lot of stories that flowed from it, but I can’t stress enough the fact that Tim never wanted to leave. And I wouldn’t be doing my job if I at least didn’t look at some things, and I did. You go through those things, on a number of fronts on a number of fronts, on a number of players. You just field stuff, you look at them, you talk to other teams. And at the end of the day you make the decision yay or nay. And here it was nay. And it was an easy nay.

On if he envisioned Dennis Seidenberg being Zdeno Chara’s defensive partner…
Well he’s, like he’s a really strong guy. You guys see that. He’s a very strong, he’s like a bull on the boards with the puck. He’s a strong skater. We got him for shutdown capabilities and we got him to play with Zee [Zdeno Chara]. Now we wanted to spread the wealth and that was what we did throughout the year. But you talk about critical junctures in this playoff run and when we decided to pair him up and give him considerable minutes with Zee after game two, and it was, we talked about it and said let’s do this and it was at the expense of minutes for the other D. You can see him just take off. I mean he had a very good year, but you can see him take off with confidence. And I mean he had a terrific, terrific playoff. And I can count, I don’t think there was two or three times that he made a real blunder. And all players make real blunders. And he was just solid. I don’t know if he ever lost a battle, well he lost a few, I might be overstating. When he went in you knew the other guy was going to be in for a big time battle. He was great at picking pucks off the boards with his feet. He must have been a terrific soccer player. Most of the European guys played soccer. And the ability to make the passes he makes on his backhand on his off side is, those are hard passes to make, really hard passes to make when you’re under pressure on the blue line, his hard rings on the breakouts on the backhand. So he had a terrific playoff.

On what Michael Ryder’s status is right now and his plans for him in coming years…
He’s an unrestricted free agent as of July first. We’ve had our pro meetings, we’ll have probably a follow-up meeting and we’ll have to make some decision on guys and on him and on Tomas [Kaberle] too. So my mind is almost, we’ll it’s not even close to getting fresh, but it’s getting there so at that point we’ll put our heads together and see where we want to go.

On when he expects to make a head coach hire in Providence and if Butch Cassidy is the leading contender…
He is a candidate and I would expect probably mid-week to have that staff in place. There is other candies we’ve interviewed and we’ve been, it’s been kind of ongoing since we relieved Rob [Murray] of his duties. So we’re actually pretty close to getting something done and I would anticipate it getting done no later than mid-week.

On if the assistance coach hire in Providence will be completed mid-week as well…
Yeah I think so. I think we’ve been doing a couple of those interviews and that’s a little less certain but at the very least it will be the head guy in place.

On if he expected the performance Brad Marchand gave him in the playoffs…
If you asked me that question after exit meetings last year, I’d say no. If you’d ask me that question prior to the start of the year, I would have said no. But if you’d asked me that question at the end of the regular season, I would have said yes. And he, at the exit meetings, this is a story you’ve probably heard, I meet with him and he says I’m going to get you twenty next year. And I said Brad [Marchand] are you serious, think about what you’re saying. He says yeah I’m going to get you twenty. I said alright, I’ll hold you to that. And he did. And he plays on the edge. We’ve had to reel him back a couple of times, and he appreciates the fact that we do that because he knows that’s his strength and sometimes it can be his weakness. But his performance, especially in the Final, I mean he’s, he rolls off checks so well, he makes good plays, makes good plays with speed. He’s got a great nose for that, he’s got a great shot. And he’s a rookie player. So it was really great to see, but you know what we counted on him going into the playoffs. But again as I said if you had asked me that before I would have said no. Because I wouldn’t have. He’s learning the trade, and good head on his shoulders, and he knows what he has to do going into the year. And so he was obviously a very positive contributor to our team.

On if he is working on an extension for Claude Julien…
They, that’s actually the first time someone has asked me that question about our coaches. I don’t know what to say [laughter]. They are currently under contract into subsequent years, so nothing forthcoming.

On the players bringing the Stanley Cup to the North End last night…
I don’t know about that yet. I’m catching those snippets of stories so far.  

On making the Stanley Cup accessible to the fans…
Well, you know that’s, Zee [Zdeno Chara] is the custodian right now. Phil, I think his last name is Pritchard, the guy you see with the while gloves, he was supposed to come with the Cup when we left following the win and he couldn’t get out of Vancouver. So Zee is the sole custodian, a good custodian to have, so I’m sure that was his doing and Rex [Mark Recchi] and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and those guys were probably promoting it too. What I can tell you is that for the most part the Cup stayed, well I shouldn’t say for the most part. On the plane ride back, I’d say, it was up with us, we sit at the front, players at the back. But it seemed like, and I was nodding in and out of sleep, it seemed like every time I woke up it wasn’t there. So I think the guys would come up and take it back there and do whatever they had to do with it back there and then bring it back up. I’m sure you’re going to hear different stories along the way of where that thing ends up and I’d be interested to hear that also.

On if he plans on petitioning to get Marc Savard and Steven Kampfer’s names on the Cup…
I don’t know what the process is. I’ve given it a little bit of thought. You know certainly those two deserve to be on it, so we’ll see what we can do to get them on it and go from there.

On his expectations for next year’s team…
Holy cow. You know, my charge is to win. So that’s what I have to plan to do. So we’re in a good position, we’ve got a lot of the team under contract. We’re in a good cap situation for once. We, we’ve got some young guys, we’ve got guys that are coming. So we, my charge is to win so we have to continue to keep that standard and again, we finished our pro meetings and I have an idea of what he want to do. And I guess that’s all I can tell you right now.  

On what it’s like to bring a championship to the city of Boston…
Well I was, I did an interview the other night, I think it was, I don’t know if the guy is here that I did it with. But I talked to the, basically I, the fans have made us better. They’ve made us better by demanding a lot. They’ve made us better by their reactions when they are in the building. And you know it’s something that is theirs. As much as we say, and I’ve said this a couple of times since we’ve won, they can’t take this away from us. Well they can’t take it away from the fans either. And I’ve seen the parades from TV and they look pretty crazy and by all accounts this one will be similar to those, and they deserve it. And I know the players are excited about it and so am I. It’s a real cool feeling and you’re able to share it with the players, you are able to share it with the fans. It will be a special day.

On if Marc Savard will be in the city tomorrow…
Yeah he’s coming in tonight. He’ll be there tomorrow.

On if he imagined Mark Recchi would make the impact on the team that he has when they acquired him…
When we did that deal we were looking for a guy who played in the league and a left shot. Because we wanted kind of that down low off the power play, off the right post and a guy who got in that area. So he was a good fit for that. He had been kind of treading water a little bit in Tampa and I remember watching, they were out in a Western city, I remember watching a couple of games just to watch him on TV, and I think he had four assists, five assists one night in Calgary and I thought, we have to get this deal done. Because he could probably smell blood too, that he was going to be moved and his play was ramping up. Okay, so we knew we were getting a guy who had won a Cup, we knew we were getting a guy who was maybe on the tail end of his career. Maybe, he was, but I didn’t really know kind of the magic of Mark Recchi at that point as far as his resilience. I knew he was resilient and he’s always kind of been a wrecking ball and a thick body and durable. I didn’t really know where he was exactly where he was, I knew he was at the end of his career, but I didn’t know how much he had left. But we needed him and he obviously had a good finish with us here. But what he has brought us since then has been nothing short of amazing. And this year I know he was, there were a couple of point where he was getting a little bit less of ice time, looked like he was slowing down a bit. If you can recall that play he had in game seven where he walked around, I think it was [Christian] Ehrhoff, I hadn’t seen speed from him like that in fifteen years. Bob [Sweeney], I don’t know if you’ve ever seen speed like that from playing against him. So anyways, the point is he excels when he should and that’s what is remarkable, especially an older player. And that may have been one of our best trades we’ve made. I wouldn’t have envisioned that at the time. I was more of a shorter term, but what he has brought us and what he has brought to the room has been incredible.

On replacing the void Mark Recchi will leave…
Yeah we’re not going to be able to replace Rex [Mark Recchi]. We, when he added a couple of the guys at the end part of it was because they had good veteran character, we’re probably going to be looking for someone like that in the summer. But you’re not going to replace that.

On this being the last year of the collective bargaining agreement…
Yeah, well you have to continue to try and be responsible when you’re signing and acquiring these players. There’s, always, there will be hockey and you have to hope that the parties that negotiate the deals will get something done. And you can’t let that impact your decision making. You have to know that maybe the cap is going to go down, if there is going to continue to be a cap that it’s going to go down. And you try and be a little bit conservative form that perspective.

On if this is going to be a less active off-season than usual…
That last thing you mentioned is certainly something I’ve seen take effect on other Stanley Cup Champions in subsequent years. So we have to be careful with that. But we’ve got, you know we’ve mentioned the three UFAs, four including Hnids [Shane Hnidy]. And you know we’ve got a pretty good group still in tact that’s at a very manageable age. So I don’t think we’re going to run into that risk, but you know again I’m not the most objective on that since because I’m making, I’m going to try and be. We’re not going to, we’re going to continue to tweak. We’re not going to be huge players and free agency but you now we’re going to look at it. And we’ve got areas where we want to look at but you’re not going to see us hitting a few homeruns or what could be perceived as home runs this summer. We’re just going to go into it with our eyes wide open and see where we end up. But we’re certainly not going to be big players.

On what it feels like to win the Stanley Cup…
Well it’s, it feels really good. And you know, everyone talks about a plan, whenever a manager takes a job they always have a plan or else they wouldn’t be doing their job. And I’ve talked to other managers and managers to be, and talked about certain plans. And ours, you know, pretty much everyone has a five-year plan and so did we. And it’s not like it fell exactly into place but we were adding certain elements, certain elements to get to that point. And it’s happened so I’m a genius  [laughter]. But seriously you just continue to pick away at it with the same thing, and you know the performances we got from guys. Tim’s [Thomas] performance is historic. And you know, so I guess you know the common theme in the plan was character. I remember talking about hard to play against, closing gaps, it’s character and at the end of the day that’s what I wanted for us. My father was at games three and four and after game four I said to him we’re going to win the cup and he said I think you will too, but why, I said because there’s too much resolve in the locker room. You could just feel it and at the end of the day that’s what happened.

Game 7
Postgame

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On the performance of Tim Thomas throughout the series…
Yeah, you know certainly I would not even think about saying something negative about some of the goalies I’ve had because I’ve had some great ones as you mentioned, Marty [Martin] Brodeur and others. But Tim Thomas in these playoffs just totally dominated and that’s a sign of a great goaltender and he was on top of his game from start to finish. And especially in this final round he was outstanding every game. And I know everybody expected him to have an average game at some point, never came. He was in the zone, he was focused, he never let anything rattle him and even question his style of play and what’s happened to him right now is so deserving, so proud of him and obviously the rest of the team.

On battling back from being down 2-0 in the series…
Well I think again, we talked to the players and we had been down two games to nothing to Montreal, losing both games at home. So we’ve been through it and probably in a tougher situation. But at least now we were going back home and really as you hear coaches say, you need to take, really look at the small picture. In order to get back in that series we had to win game three and if we did that well, I told the guys, momentum would kind of take over and other things would kind of take care of themselves. And they did, you know, we came out game four and played a real strong game at home also. And you know, we really missed Nathan [Horton] when he got hurt. You know guys really felt like they wanted to rally around that situation and be very supportive of a guy who came to us from Florida and put everything on the line. They wanted to win it for themselves but even more so for him. And they really rallied around that situation and it was great the way our team just looked at the small picture and every game, all we talked about was going out there and earning it. It wasn’t ours to have, it was ours to earn.

On the personal satisfaction he takes in winning the Stanley Cup…
Well you know you are probably the twentieth guy to ask me that question tonight and I am going to tell you exactly what I told everybody else. As a coach, you understand that you are going to be subject to criticism, but the most important thing is what is going on inside that dressing room and there wasn’t a guy who didn’t believe in what we were doing. So it was easy to stay the course, and you have to stay the course and today you are rewarded for it. So had I worried about that other stuff, I probably wouldn’t be standing here today.

On giving tough love to his players…
Well there really wasn’t much of an issue about that because I think the players, when they learn to know you and understand what you are saying there is a professional side and there is a personal side and just because you have to do things professionally, doesn’t mean that personally you don’t like the players. And they know that, I’ve even, as I mentioned, Brad Marchand came up to me and I guess after game five, I think it was game five or so. And he said to me, he said, I know you are always talking to me about some of the stuff going on but he said, ‘I want you to know that I appreciate you trying to help me through that.’ And you know it’s almost like a parent trying to help their kids and at the end it’s called tough love. But you’re doing it for the right reasons and I think our players understood that and there was never anything personal, but more about making them better people and better players.

On if scoring the first goal was the turning point in the game…
Well scoring the first goal has always been important for our hockey club, as you know. And certainly when we scored that first goal, it kind of, it did give us some confidence, absolutely, because we hadn’t scored here that much. And now in game seven you are playing with the lead. And we are a team that has done a pretty good job of playing with the lead. And then that second goal came about and I know that before we went out for the third period, everybody in there was telling each other that there was no way in the world that we could even let up for a second and that we had to play a full sixty minutes. And that’s been our team for these playoffs, a sixty-minute effort because they’ve heard me say it all year. Whenever we have one game, I’ve talked about having one bad period or two bad periods and in order to win we had to put sixty minutes together and that’s what the guys wanted to do tonight and they accomplished that.

On what the championship means to the city of Boston…
Well I think that’s probably what it is. As a coach you stand here and you are happy about what you gave the people on the outside. And there is good proof right here of my family, my wife and my daughter and my parents, they came in from Ottawa and my in-laws and those are people that growing up they had an impact on your life. And you want to do that for those people. You want to do it for the players that have sacrificed everything and their wives and girlfriends and also for the fans in Boston. So you know, when you’re paid to do a job and the job is to succeed and you succeed, you’ve made everybody around you, your fans and everybody else, happy. And that’s what I’m doing right here is enjoying the moment. I want to see our players have fun with this and they deserve to enjoy that moment. And I’m very willing to stand back and just watch them and that will make my day.

On if it’s more fun to watch it through the players’ eyes…
Absolutely. And that’s what I’ve taken from all of this stuff. And I’ve been through these situations before and the best way is always to stand back and watch everybody else enjoy it and enjoy it through their eyes as you mentioned.

On what it meant to have Nathan Horton in Vancouver tonight…
Well our players really wanted him to be here and obviously you know when you’ve got a concussion, flying can be sometimes touchy but our doctors said he was well enough to be able to make the trip. And guys came to me this morning and said ‘we’d like Nathan [Horton] to be in our dressing room right from the get-go and be part of our preparation for this game’ and he really wanted to be part of it. So a lot of things that happened in our dressing room were from the players’ ideas. We did a couple of things as coaches but, as we mentioned before game seven against Tampa, some of the guys, [Mark] Recchi and [Shawn] Thornton brought their rings in, they put some pictures up and they decorated the room and they really took charge of those things. And they did the same thing with Nathan, they said we want him around us. And that just goes to show you how united a group we were and how we cared for each other.



Pregame

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On what sticks out in his mind from Games 1 through 6…
Yeah, it seems like every game has been different. And for us what we thought about, just our preparation and the process about what we need to and the little things, that’s I think, where we’ve come out our strongest. You know, both teams have done a good job feeding off their crowds and both teams have played better at home. I think going into a game seven, everything gets put aside and whichever team brings their best tonight will obviously come out on top. You know you’ve just got to, like I said, our focus right now is just worrying about our preparation and the process that it takes in order to winning one game here.

On the lifts the teams have gotten from teammates recovering from injury…
Well yeah there is a lot of great stories like that, that’s for sure. It obviously was lifting for them when Manny [Malhotra] came back. Regardless of whether he is your teammate or not, you never want to see a guy go down with an injury like that and its great that he is able to recover from that. But for us it was kind of like a spark almost, was lit underneath us when Nathan [Horton] took that hit. Like you said, we were able to ride that wave. I don’t know what to say going into this game. I mean, we have Nathan [Horton] here and they have Manny [Malhotra] in the line-up. And hopefully we can find that momentum that we found in Boston.

On his key to deliver at the proper moments throughout his career…
Just staying in the moment and not thinking too far ahead. Going out there and laying everything on the line. I said the other day, you know, have no regrets. That’s something that has always stuck with me and today is no different. You’ve got to go out there and leave it all out there. I know I could give you every cliché in the book but it is true you know, it comes down to one game here. And there is a long time to rest and to heal after a game like this. So there should be no reason why you cant leave everything on the ice and empty the tank.

On if he had trouble sleeping before playing Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final in his hometown…
Actually I didn’t [laughs]. You know regardless of where you’re playing this game it is a big game but like you said it’s at home so it kind of makes it extra special. But you know with all the travel and all of that, with it being such a long series, it has been pretty easy to get to bed early.

On if he is exhausted…
No. When there are big games like this, it’s easy to find the motivation to get yourself up and excited.

On if the tone of interactions with Vancouver connections has changed over the series…
No, not at all. You know the ones that I stay close to are obviously Bruins fans and they cheer for me and that hasn’t changed.

On if he has lost any friends…
Nope.

On the first thing that went through his head when he woke up…
You know, here we go. Another game seven. Another game seven for the Stanley Cup. It doesn’t get any better than this. We’ve been through this twice before, we’ve just got to do the same things we did the in the last two games.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN: ADAM MCQUAID...
On if he prepares the same way for this game as he has for other big games in his career…
Well I’m going to try. Try to approach it the same way we did game six. It’s do or die for both teams. And just make sure that you’re, like I said focusing on things we need to do to be successful.

On if there is anyone in particular he is thinking about while preparing for this game…
Well you know when it’s all said and there will definitely be a lot of people that I’ll be thinking about. Some will be here, some that aren’t here. There’s enough stuff to think about right now. And not have to worry about that stuff so try and put that stuff in the back of my mind for now and just worry about the game.

On if he has thought about the journey he has had from being a scratch last year and now playing in the Stanley Cup Final…
I definitely can, yeah try not to think about it too much. When it’s all said and done there will be time to relax and reflect on everything. But for now it’s making sure we’re still focused on winning one more game.

On being such a young player having a lot of success with the Bruins this season…
It’s definitely nice to be a part of everything that’s gone on here over the course of the year. Still a little ways to go.

On if he is stuck on excitement for tonight…
Yeah, it’s definitely exciting but at the same time we know what’s on the line, still approach it the same way we did game six, focus on what we need to do to be successful.

On if the team as a whole has done anything different…
I don’t know, like I said try and play the same game we played in game six, focus on the small things that are the difference between winning and losing and just make sure we leave it all out there. And at the end of the day that’s all you can do.

On if he has butterflies prior to Game 7...
I’m sure there will be. But trying to be as calm as possible.

On what he plans to do on his vacation…
I don’t know, I’ll think about that after tonight [laughs].

On what he would do if they won and he got to have the Cup for a while…
I mean I think everyone over the course of their hockey careers thinks about what they would do. I don’t really know. I don’t want to think about that right now. Trying not to think about it, just be focused on playing hockey here. And if that opportunity comes I’ll sit down with family and friends and think about how we want to spend it.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On being excited for Game 7 despite being focused…
There is no doubt that everybody is excited about this opportunity. But like you said you got to stay the course. I think it’s served us well. Our group right now seems calm and focused and ready to do the job. Our team if it gets stressed out has never performed well so I don’t expect us or I don’t want us to go out there stressed out. I expect our team to go out there excited and determined to do the job. So far I haven’t seen anything different than that.

On what the most important thing is for the team to focus on tonight…
Lots of energy, energy so that we can focus on putting pucks in deep and forechecking and the physicality of our game, the fact that we need to get to the front of the net like we’ve done every time that we’ve had success. If we can do that again, offensively our game is going to be a lot better. I don’t have much complaints about our defensive game here in Vancouver but certainly our offensive game has got to be better today.

On the speculation that Nathan Horton will play tonight…
Let me cut your question short. Absolutely no. It’s ridiculous. So let’s put an end to that.

On his observations on the hockey cultures of Boston and Vancouver…
I’m a Canadian. I know what Canadian cities are all about. And this is an opportunity for Vancouver to win their first Stanley Cup so you can understand the excitement here but at the same time you got to understand that Boston is one of those championship cities that have won in regards to all the different sports. And when you get used to winning you want more. And the one thing you haven’t had is a Stanley Cup since 1972. So they want it just as bad as the Vancouver fans do. So sometimes when you look at it from the inside and you see how fans react and so on and so forth and you say is that acceptable? Well at the same time that’s what excitement creates and it works both ways. So as long as it doesn’t cross the line I think it’s a great thing for both cities.

On what this game means to Zdeno Chara
Well he’s thinking the same thing as everybody else. There’s, I don’t think there’s a player in there that thinks any differently and everybody would like to see a Cup for different types of players, and that includes both teams. You’d like them to win for this and for that, and we’re no different from our end of it. And whether it’s Tim [Thomas],whether it’s the way Timmy’s played, whether it’s a lot of different things. Guys that have come in from, [Patrice] Bergeron from a serious concussion years back where we thought his career was done, that’s our side of it. And like I said there’ a lot of reasons to want to win this for different people and right now [Nathan] Horton’s the guy that we’re talking about. And at the end of the day like I said, the winning team is going to have a lot of reason to celebrate this series. And everybody knows it’ll have been a hard-fought series. And again, winner takes all tonight and we’re willing to live with that.

On this possibly being Mark Recchi’s last game…
Well I guess that’ll be his choice once it’s all said and done. And I know he’s expressed the fact that if we win the Stanley Cup, he’s done. Not because I want him to retire but I’d like to see him win another Stanley Cup. He’s been great for us. We can’t say enough. We’ve talked about him all year and maybe his speed isn’t where it might have been at some point, but his experience has certainly made up for that. He’s contributed in a lot of different ways and scored some big goals and obviously made some big plays at opportune times. He’s a guy that shows up every game no matter what the situation is.

On Terry Francona reaching out to him…
Well he certainly, he made that effort to reach out to me and called me and just wished me all the luck. He said he admired what our team had done this year, and you know he’s the first guy to say, ‘I’m not the most knowledgeable hockey guy’ and he enjoys what we’ve done so far. And certainly he’s on our bandwagon for sure. I know we’ve been on theirs. It just seems, we just seem to blend well, the Sox and the Bruins for sure. We are all cheering for all our local teams, but he’s been good. It was nice of him to reach out to me and I certainly appreciate that. We say Bill Belichick at the game. It’s not always about talk, it’s about action and he showed up and to me that showed me his support and Doc Rivers, the same thing. We’ve ran into each other in the hallway, so I like the way that the coaches in Boston really support each other and certainly I am on of those guys who is in that group.

On if he ever excepted the drama that has happened in this series…
I mean drama is working different ways and in different series. For us right now you can say what you want but the drama doesn’t matter right now when it’s a game seven. So it’s not about really putting a lot of thought into that more than it’s in the past and I think we need to sell the game as a great game seven today.

On how Johnny Boychuk is handling the backlash after Mason Raymond’s injury…
No, I’m not worried about Johnny Boychuk, but I do honestly worry about Mason Raymond. Those are, we talk about those kinds of injuries and they’re unfortunate, they really are. And whatever happens, whether it’s concussions, whether it’s other things, this is a job and when guys are making a living out of this the last thing you want to see is something that could jeopardize their career. And to me, I know he was in an unfortunate position, I didn’t see any extra, any extra reason to try and injure him more than he was in a bad position and it as unfortunate. I’m more worried about him, hoping he gets better. And Johnny is strong enough, he’s not going to, when you know as a player you didn’t mean to do it you don’t have to worry about the psyche. If it’s something that was done in a cheap manner then you would. But Johnny certainly didn’t intend on hurting him and right now we feel for Mason Raymond, honestly. And no matter what happens tonight, we hope he gets better quickly.

On playing a penalty free game in Game 7 against Tampa Bay…
I don’t know if it really matters because he’s been physical so far and it hasn’t affected our game. We can say right now in this series that the penalties cost us a game, so we just have to go out there and play, there are no guarantees that just because there were no penalties in the last game seven that it is going to be the same. To be honest with you, I doubt it, the way it’s been played. But nonetheless I think our focus has to remain the same. Good penalty killing and hopefully our power play does a good job tonight. And five-on-five we have to bring our best game.

On the changes in the game day routine after making the trip to Vancouver…
You know I don’t think it was all about that. We skated yesterday, we felt that after a long flight it might be a good thing. To me, the time that we have slotted for morning skate is a little too close to game time with the travel to the hotel and back and forth, it’s really more of a negative than it is a positive. So we chose to skate yesterday and our guys are still doing their stuff here today, and honestly, this isn’t the time to find excuses, this is a time to find answers. And our answers will lye in the way we play today and nothing else but that.

On what he will do during his summer vacation…
I probably won’t have one. Not at this time of year, I think by the time I decide to take a vacation, it will be time to get ready for next season.


Postgame

VANCOUVER CANUCKS FORWARD HENRIK SEDIN
On tonight’s game…
I thought we played good for almost sixty minutes, pretty much.  [Brad] Marchand did a great job of finding the hole on the first goal.  They were on the power play…and I thought we played good hockey.  We battled hard.  We could have scored a few more but again, we have to keep getting at them.  That’s the only way.

On having home ice advantage …
That’s not a problem.  You play the whole season, you win the President’s Trophy to get these games at home.  That is where we are right now.  We are looking forward to it. It is going to be the game of a lifetime.  We have to enjoy it.

On if they made it easier on Tim Thomas by not capitalizing on opportunities…
Yeah of course we did, we didn’t hit the net.  We made some good plays though.  We weren’t just forcing things to get the puck to the net.  We made plays, faked shots, moved the puck to the net.  That is how you have to beat this guy [Tim Thomas].  We did a better job today than we did before and now it is just a matter of getting those goals.

On if weight has lifted off his shoulders after he and his brother put up points…
I don’t know, we were up three games to two without us scoring.  That was no problem with us.  We don’t have to score.  Tonight the game got out of hand, we scored on them but it didn’t really matter.  We weren’t panicking or anything.  We were up three to two in the series, maybe if we scored ten points each maybe we still would have been up three-two.

On what his line needs to do to win Game 7…
Same thing that we needed to do all year.  We have to battle through adversity.  We have to treat it like it is the game of our lives.  This is what you play for.  Like I said before there are a lot of hockey players around the league that want to be in our place right now, playing game seven of the Stanley Cup. 

On the Mason Raymond injury…
It is never fun to see him go down like that.  He is a tough guy for us.  I haven’t seen or heard what’s wrong with him.  We’ll see what happens.  He’s been playing well for us.

On the difference between the teams play on the road than at home…
I think we played a lot better today than we did games three and four.  We stuck with it even though it would have been easy for us to fold today.  We stuck with it.  We had a lot of chances.  I think we played a lot better.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On the Bruins forcing Roberto Luongo out of the game quickly…
Yeah, it was really important for us to get the first one. It was a must-win for us. You go and get the first goal, and then the crowd gets into it, we’ll feed off their energy, and I think that’s what happened.

On if the Bruins drew motivation from Roberto Luongo’s comments…
No. I don’t even know what he said. I don’t read or listen to media. I think we did a pretty good job of focusing on our game. It was a must-win and I think everybody came here before the game, everything that was going on was put aside, and put their minds into it, and everybody did a great job.

On seeing Nathan Horton
Yeah. He got a little emotional. I saw him, he was a little touched. It was good to see. We did it for him, and we have to do that again.

On how the Bruins can bring their solid home efforts on the road…
Each team’s got wins at their homes, home ice, so we’re going to go there and we have to play the same way as we do at home. Try to get the first goal and go from there.

On trying to take the Vancouver crowd out of the game…
Yeah, it’s kind of the same thing as here. Every hit they do, or every shot, the crowd’s pretty loud there. So, like I said, try to get the first goal and go from there.

On how well Tim Thomas played tonight…
He played well again. We need him to play like that one more game.

On if he was extra focused to make sure the Bruins season didn’t end tonight…
Yeah, it was a must-win. We came here, and it didn’t feel like the last game of the season. It didn’t feel like this is it, you know? And Marshy [Brad Marchand]’s first goal was a great shot and it was pretty early. It gave us a little confidence. I think some of us got way looser, and we were making some plays, and we got the next three goals in the next three or four minutes.

On how he likes Boston’s chances in Vancouver…
I do. I do like it. We are going there to win the game. We’re on our toes, and we’re going to try to get the first goal and if we do that, then I like our chances.

On how the Bruins have struggled on the road this series…
It’s going to be brought up, but it’s game seven. You never know what can happen. I know we’re going to go out there, play our hearts out, put our heart on the line, and go after them. Go for something you dream as a kid. It’s so close. We have to come out the same way as we did today.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MICHAEL RYDER
On how to keep the momentum going once they get to Vancouver…
Well they definitely got to do it next game, it’s the last game of the year and we’ve got to throw it all out there and make sure we bring the same intensity that we did tonight. And physicality and the same emotion. And I think if we do that you know, especially early in the game we’ll get hopefully the momentum and we’ll go from there.

On the four goals being scored in a record low amount of time, and if it surprised him…
Yeah well we wanted to get off to a good start, that’s what we’ve said you know. And we wanted to make sure we got pucks in net and use our speed and we did that early in the game. And it paid off, you know, we knew they weren’t going to quit and we had to keep playing the same way.

On if it was a nice message to see Roberto Luongo off the ice early on…
Yeah you know, but we did that last time and then he shut us out when we got in there. So he’s definitely, you know he’s going to bounce back and we’ve got to make sure we find ways to score on him when we get there. It’s all about working to get to the net and trying to generate those chances.

On how he describes the first period…
Yeah well you know it was do or die for us. And we wanted to make sure we got off to a good start and get the fans behind us and we did that. And you know that’s what we wanted to do. And you know we’ve got to make sure we do the same thing when we get to Vancouver.

On if it gave him a nice life to see Nathan Horton in the building…
Yeah for sure you know. He’s been around a couple of times you know. But it’s good to see him here, he’s excited and he’s a big part of this team and you know we want to do it for him. And it’s just good to see him that he’s doing okay and he’s doing a lot better

On his reaction to people criticizing Tim Thomas considering how well he has played…
Yeah well. Timmy [Tim Thomas], he’s been great for us all year. And in the playoffs and you know as long as he stops the puck that’s all we care, it doesn’t matter how he does it. He’s a unique goaltender, he battles and that’s what he does and he’s been doing it like all year for us. And he’s one of the main reasons we’re where we’re at.

On if the team wanted to stick it to the Canucks after the comments being passed between the teams…
Well you know we don’t pay much attention to it you know, it’s a lot of talk and you know we just want to do the job on the ice. And we did what we had to do tonight and now there’s one more game and we’ve got to make sure we do the same thing on Wednesday.

On the enormity of this game for the team, franchise and city…
Well it’s definitely huge you know. It’s the last game of the year and we’ve got to throw it all out there. And for us you know, it’s a big step for us this year to get where we are. And you know we want to make sure we end it on a good note. And it’s all about work ethic and making sure we throw it all out there.

On if the Bruins being the first Original Six team to be in a Game 7 situation magnifies things at all…
I don’t know, we didn’t really think about it. We’re just playing hockey and we’re happy where we are, and you know Boston is an organization that has a lot of history and we’re happy to be part of if. And we want to make sure we do the job now in game seven.

On if this is what you dream about as a hockey player, fighting in the Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final…
Yup that’s it you know, it all comes down to one game and who the better team is. You know and we’ve got make sure, we haven’t had that much success in Van [Vancouver] and we’ve got to make sure we throw it all out there. It’s the last game of the year and make sure we play with the same emotion we played with tonight.

On how he is feeling after his third goal and sixth point of the series…
Pretty good but you know the job’s not done yet. It’s one more game and I’m just trying to do what I can to help this team. And it doesn’t matter if it’s points or defense, as long as we win.

On how the one goal deficit seems the be the problem in Vancouver and how to turn this into a win…
I just think you know we have to play our game. We go out there I think and we don’t get the start we wanted and kind of sit back and you know it’s one game now, it’s do or die. We’ve got to throw it all out there and make sure we come out hard and get the momentum early in the game.


VANCOUVER CANUCKS FORWARD MANNY MALHOTRA
On giving up four goals in four minutes…
I wouldn’t say deflating. Obviously, not the start we hoped for, but… We realized they would be energized in front of their home crowd and they did a great job of using that to their advantage.

On if there was shock after the four goals were scored…
I wouldn’t say shock. Like I said, they used the energy of the crowd. They made a lot of simple plays that resulted in good plays for them and they capitalized when they had the opportunity.

On Roberto Luongo taking responsibility for tonight and if he feels that should be the case…
Never, never. We want to talk about being a team all year long. This is no time to start pointing fingers. We came in here as a team. To a man, we could have been better. It’s on all of us, but we look forward to game seven.

On having home ice advantage and how the home team is winning each game so far…
Absolutely, this is playoff hockey at it’s finest. I just said, we have worked all year long to have that home ice advantage. Really looking forward to playing in front of eighteen thousand crazy Canuck fans.

On losing Mason Raymond tonight, and potentially in Game 7…
Obviously, Mason [Raymond] is a large part of our team. To lose a guy early in the game, it changes so many things, as far as how the process goes on the bench and changes. Playing with different wingers and that shuffling happened early, so I think that is a huge blow for any team, especially with such a good player like Mason.

On attempting to ignore the trash talk and if it is working…
We realize early that nothing good is going to happen after the whistle. So, we don’t bother with that garbage. We will play between the whistles. It has been working for us the entire year, I don’t why we would change now.

On if anything changes in the mindset of the team heading back for a Game 7…
Nothing changes. Playoff hockey. A loss is a loss and a win is a win. As I said before, this is playoff hockey. No one wants to budge on home ice. We have played all year to have that home ice advantage and we are looking forward to game seven.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On how they can duplicate tonight’s effort for Game 7 in Vancouver…
Well, it’s the last game of the season. This is what you play for. I think we’ve done a good job on elimination games so far and hopefully we can bring it into Vancouver. We’re sure going to need it.

On how neither team has won on the road yet in this series and if he thinks the Bruins can change that…
I hope so, you know? Obviously it’s a little kid’s dream to win the Stanley Cup. And to do it on the road, it doesn’t matter where as long as you win it.

On if he felt that Vancouver had the momentum to start the game…
Not really, no.

On if Vancouver showed them anything different strategy-wise after Boston took the 4-0 lead…
No, you know they’re a good team. They’ve got great players on that other team and we’ve got to make sure not to give them opportunities. We gave them a couple opportunities and Timmy [Tim Thomas] then again made the save, of course, how he has been playing all year and all playoffs. So we did a good job burying when we had the chance.

On Roberto Luongo’s recent inconsistency…
He’s a great goalie though. He is a great goalie. With two of the best goalies in the league against each other, you can’t really say much more about him. Both have gotten a couple shutouts through this series, so it could be anybody’s game and we’re going to try and make it ours.

On if he can tell a difference with Roberto Luongo being more comfortable at home…
Not really. It’s just, we just have to make sure to bury our chances when we get the chance to bury on them.

On if he is surprised by the differences between the games in Vancouver and the games in Boston…
No, well, they try to do the same thing here as they did at home, but we just beat them to the punch, I guess. We got the first goal and we just didn’t look back from there. In Vancouver, we’re going to need that same thing because they’re a great team and they got a great goalie, goalies I guess you could say. It’s the last game of the season. It’s every kid’s dream to win the Stanley Cup and that’s our ultimate goal and we want to do it.

On Tim Thomas’ coming up big, especially in the second period…
Well how big has he been all series? What can you say about him? Right now, he’s the best goalie in the world.

On the first period…
It wasn’t like they were totally out of the game. They still battled hard and we did a good job taking time and space away, eliminating chances and Timmy [Tim Thomas] came up big for us and we buried on the chances that we did get. And they weren’t really bad goals either. There was that nice tip by Rhyds [Michael Ryder] and Andy’s [Andrew Ference] shot, there was traffic in front. Things we need to do to win.


VANCOUVER CANUCKS GOALTENDER CORY SCHNEIDER
On the Bruins scoring four goals in four minutes and fourteen seconds…
Yeah absolutely that was the game right there.  They came out, we had a good chance right off the hop but it hopped over Hank’s [Henrik Sedin] stick on an open net.  They come back and get four in a row there.  It is just how it has been in this building they kind of get them in spurts.  We had our chances, we hit a few posts and we thought we made it four-two, you could hear the air come out of the building a bit and we had a lot of momentum.  Unfortunately that one didn’t go in and they get a five on three and that’s the game.  We know we have to be better, especially off the hop.  I think we saw some positive things in the second half of the game and things we can bring with us to Vancouver.

On how Roberto Luongo will respond after being pulled from the game…
You have seen him respond all playoffs.  He is obviously very comfortable in our building and has saved his best performances for home.  He came back in game five and we expect nothing less than that from him.  He knows he has to be better and he’s harder on himself than anyone could ever be.

On if the bench is deflated after a few goals go in how they did…
It’s a little stunning because I thought we were ready to play this game.  I think we had the right mindset and the right attitude and we were ready to come into this building and play a good road game.  All of a sudden it gets away from you like that, eventually we were able to get to our game that we wanted to play but it was a little late.

On if the Sedin twins are frustrated…
They got some points tonight so hopefully that will get them going.  They have had good looks and [Tim] Thomas made some big saves.  We just can’t buy a bounce.  It’s [the puck] off the post and just laying in the crease, or it just goes wide of an open net.  Sometimes you need a little puck luck and they’re just not getting it.  They showed signs of being themselves and they got on the board.

On how he felt about his game tonight…
I felt fine.  You have to be ready no matter what.  I’m not just sitting back as a fan watching the game, I’m trying to stay into it and be prepared.  I had to go in like you said and stop the bleeding and try to get some momentum back.  I thought we were making a push there but we just ran out of time. 

On playing in a Stanley Cup Final even though it’s a loss…
Like you said it is a loss.  Never fun to be part of a loss but like I said I want to try to go out there and give my teammates some momentum and try to change the pace of the game a little bit.  I just try to do whatever I can and see what happens.  You throw your best out there and hope that good things happen.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On forcing a Game 7…
Yeah, it definitely doesn’t get any better than this, you know, you dream about going up and playing game seven in the Stanley Cup Final and here we are, in this situation, we just have to go there and like I said, do what we need to do to win and have fun with it.

On the key to success in Vancouver…
I think we need to relax. I think the last three games there, we played sort of tense, we weren’t making the same plays that we were here at home, and if we’re able to relax and just focus on our game plan it will be a success.

On if the Bruins feel dominant heading into Game 7 after tonight…
You know, we dominated three, four and they were able to respond in game five, you know, especially their goalie, [Roberto] Luongo, was able to respond in game five. He played a good game, and it’s going to be the same thing. Everything’s clean now, it’s zero-zero again and whoever brings the best game, they’re going to come out on top.

On what it’s like to have such a dominant force in net…
He’s, well, we’ve said, we have a lot of confidence in Tim [Thomas], he’s played great here since day one and he’s going to continue to battle until the end.

On how badly Vancouver fans want the Cup…
You know, it’s up in, the fans have wanted it for a long time, this is something that the city’s wanted there for a long time and, what can you say? For us, we just have to go up there and play well.

On if the Vancouver fans will appreciate a Game 7…
You know, they’ll definitely appreciate it. I expect it to be really loud and I’m really excited for this opportunity, and like I said, it’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s going to be exciting and it’s a great opportunity for both teams.

On the Cup drought in Vancouver……
Well, I mean, there’s been so long here, too, in Boston. It’s almost been the same amount of years where the team hasn’t brought a Cup to their city, and like I said, we just have to focus on what we need to do to come out on top.

On Brad Marchand’s goal tonight and his contribution throughout the series…
He’s been a big part of our team taking that step to get to this point, he’s had a lot of big goals and when he plays with that edge like he’s played with all season long, you know, he needs to bring that next game.

On how he and linemate David Krejci prepare for the game…
Well, we talk about our last game and how it wasn’t good enough, and you know, I had zero shots and I think [David] Krejci might have had one shot, you know, as a line, we need to create more and we have to want to create more and I think that’s big, right there. It’s not, you have to go do it, it’s what you need to do, you have to want to do it, and when we have that mindset I think that’s when we’re able to come out and play like we did.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS FORWARD DANIEL SEDIN
On the first period …
No, you know I thought we came out pretty good actually. I think they got a few bounces and a few rebounds that cost us and I thought for sixty minutes this was almost our best game of the series in this building and we had chances again to be in this game but obviously when they’re up four-nothing it’s tough to come back. I thought we made a push and it wasn’t good enough.

On if it is tough to come back from soft goals…
Oh, well they had some bounces for sure. That’s what you get sometimes. They worked hard for those bounces and I thought, like I said, we bounced back and we played good. So, going into game seven, it’s pretty great.

On if there is anything to learn from this game…
Absolutely. I thought, like I said, we played good for sixty minutes. I thought we played good enough to be in this game and that’s what we have to bring to the next game. We know we’re a good home team, so it feels pretty good right now.

On having a 50 percent chance of winning the Stanley Cup…
It has to be one-hundred percent. Like I said, we enjoy playing in our building and the fans are going to be going. Like I said, I said it before, you play good in the regular season to get home ice advantage and we’re going to take advantage of that.

On how he feels they played tonight as a team…
I think we pushed back. We played good. I think we get four-one early in the third and I thought we had good things going there. Unfortunately we had the five-on-three so it’s tough when you go up five-one, obviously it’s over. But like I said, this was the best game in [their] building. It doesn’t say too much but I liked the way we played tonight.

On Roberto Luongo…
No, he’s obviously a few unlucky bounces but he’s been there all year for us and he’s going to be there next game. There’s no question about that.

On if it is impossible to put a positive spin on letting up four goals in 4:14…
No, at the moment you put a positive on it because you’re down four-nothing in the game, but you got to look at the goals too. Like I said, a few lucky bounces on our blueline and one rebound in front of the net. So, I mean, I still like the way we played tonight. Over sixty minutes, like I said, we had enough changes to be in this game and so bring the same game at home and home ice advantage will be better.

On the Canucks not being able to bury opportunities into wide open nets…
Yeah, especially when it was two-nothing or three-nothing when Hank [Henrik Sedin] made a great pass to me first and I kind of fanned on it and then it missed [Alexandre Burrows’] stick too. So, that’s where you got to put it in. When the game is four-nothing, yeah we score, but it’s tough to get back against this team. I thought, like I said, we made a push and we played well for most parts of the game. So, we’re excited right now to go into game seven.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD RICH PEVERLEY
On the Bruins winning games when they skate well and move their feet…
Yeah, I think we’re usually playing our best game when we’re skating. I thought we did a good job in the first period of keeping our legs going and getting in on the forecheck. We’re going to have to carry that into Wednesday night.

On if the Bruins not skating well in games played in Vancouver has led to their losses…
I think so. They did a good job. They bring their energy pretty good in their building. We’re going to have to not only match that but be better at the energy level up there if we’re going to give ourselves a chance of doing that.

On how the Bruins turned things around on home ice in the playoffs…
I think we did a good job towards the end of the regular season of really having a good home record, playing well at home, and I think that’s carried into the playoffs. And anybody we play in this building, it’s a great building to play in front of our fans, and we really thrive off that high energy.

On tonight not feeling like the last game of the season…
We didn’t worry about a game seven. We worried about game six, and if we took care of this game, game seven would come eventually. That was our focus, not only just this game, but the first twenty minutes. And I thought we did a good job of maintaining that energy level. After the first goal, we continued to go at them.

On Brad Marchand’s goal…
Great goal, great shot, and when you see a guy like that go in and score, you want to get that next one, and I think everyone did a good job of bringing the energy level.

On Milan Lucic’s goal…
It was just a quick up and I tried to cut the middle, but I saw Looch [Milan Lucic] behind me, and he had a great shot.

On if the Bruins speed is underrated compared to the Canucks…
I didn’t really hear too many things. You try not to read too many things like that. We knew we had a good chance. We played them in Vancouver pretty well one game this year. It comes down to one game and anything can happen Game seven.

On the Bruins having ‘sneaky’ speedy players
We have some, I think, deceiving speed. We’ve got guys on our team that can really skate. Just because we’re known as a physical, big-body team doesn’t mean that we don’t have that speed also.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS DEFENSEMAN CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF
On if it is a tougher loss because the Stanley Cup was in the building…
No, it’s the same as any other loss. We have to regroup again and we are going home. We worked pretty hard for that home ice advantage all season long, and we have a chance to win the Cup at home.

On letting the game get away in four minutes of play with four goals against…
Yeah, definitely, four bad minutes and the game was gone. Definitely have to make sure we focus for a total, sixty minutes.

On Roberto Luongo taking blame for tonight and if he feels that should be the case…
No. We win as a team and we lose as a team. We have confidence in the guy next to us. Roberto [Luongo] is no exception. I am sure he is going to be ready for the next game.

On taking positives aside from the four minutes they gave up four goals…
Yeah, I thought we had quite a few good scoring chances. Yeah, there are definitely a lot of positive things we can take from that. We have to go back home and got home ice advantage for game seven.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD TYLER SEGUIN
On the success of Boston’s play tonight…
Yeah, definitely. Everyone rose to the occasion and we had a good five minutes where we popped all the, the four goals and stayed pretty consistent throughout the full sixty.

On if Boston’s explosive first period was a surprise…
Yeah, I guess we were surprised but we came in with the game plan we wanted to execute and we did want to have a good start and you know, we prevailed and our fans had our backs after that and you know, it was just a, it was a good, solid win for us.

On if the Bruins felt that they had to answer Roberto Luongo’s comments about Tim Thomas
I mean maybe for Timmy [Tim Thomas], you’d have to ask him. But we were all, you know, do or die, the Cup, everyone’s ready to go and we came out playing and we stayed consistent so that was the main thing.

On the mentality of the Bruins as they head to Vancouver…
Just like last time. Last time we had a pretty good momentum in the way we were playing, you know, in our own barn and in their barn, so in that game we want to go up there, get a good start and keep hanging on.

On the home ice advantage in the series…
It’s going both ways for each team, you know, if we want to win the Cup we’re going to have to be the team that steals it. They didn’t tonight but they’re going to have that chance at home, so it’s going to be a good game.

On if the Bruins take comfort in how lopsided their victories have been…
Wins are wins. I think, you know, it’s just about how we’re playing, no matter what the score is, so we’re glad we got the win tonight and we’re going to stay confident for the next game.

On Vancouver’s resurgence after the first period…
Well, we knew they were going to do that, and obviously we want to go into each period like it’s, thinking it’s zero-zero, so I think we did that. They still came hard, so we know they’re going to still come back pretty hard.


VANCOUVER CANUCKS DEFENSEMAN KEVIN BIEKSA
On the 4:14 stretch where the Bruins scored four goals …
…down four after the first. The last few games our first period was good, tonight it wasn’t. The rest of the game we were pretty good and I liked our resiliency in the third but you can’t win games when you get off to starts like that.

On the play of Roberto Luongo tonight…
Again, it’s a team game so I’m not going to blame any single individual. There’s plenty of blame to go around. So the bottom line is we got a do or die game back in Vancouver to win the Stanley Cup and we’re going to start focusing on that tomorrow.

On if he appreciates how they battle all season long to secure home ice advantage throughout the playoffs…
Yeah, that’s absolutely right. Everybody’s good on home ice, especially in the playoffs. If you’re going to play this far in the playoffs you’re going to be good on home ice and both teams have taken advantage so far and they’re a good team. They play really well on home ice. Luckily we don’t have to come back here again this season and we go back to Vancouver where we’re a pretty good team on home ice too and let the crowd get into it and have some fun.

On Roberto Luongo saying he puts pressure on himself to win the game…
What did he say? I don’t even care actually. Never mind.

On if the game can get away from them when a team scores goals so quickly…
Yeah, again, statistics aren’t our strong suit in this series so who really cares. We lost the game again and we’re not going to put too much into this and we’re going to get ready for next game.

On if he is concerned that the games have been so different in Boston and Vancouver…
Well it’s going to be a close game, I think. It doesn’t matter how we lose and how we win. We seem to win the close ones in Vancouver and seem to lose by a couple goals here. So, it is what it is and luckily we’re going back to Vancouver.

On if this is the dirtiest series he has ever played in…
I don’t know. I don’t know how it looks. It doesn’t feel like the dirtiest to me, but again, I’m playing it so I don’t see everything that happens. It’s competitive and I wouldn’t say it’s the dirtiest though, that I’ve been in.

On what makes the games so different…
They’re a better team on home ice. They play really well here. They feed off the crowd and we just haven’t been playing as good here. I don’t have one reason for you. If I did, we wouldn’t be losing by four goals every game here. I don’t know what it is but we go back to Vancouver where we’re a different team.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On what he has to do to bring his great efforts with him on the road…
I just think that you know, we have to make sure that we have a good start. And they just seem to get so much momentum and energy off their crowd and we just have to find a way to counter that and come out strong.

On if there was some sort of poetic justice in scoring four goals on Roberto Luongo after the goalie talked a lot since the last game…
Well we weren’t too worried about that in here. He can say what he wants to say. We were just trying to focus on playing this game so we got a couple early, and you know, obviously they switched the goaltenders up. Obviously he’s bounced back every game and I expect the same thing back in Vancouver.

On if he noticed the fans chanting Roberto Luongo’s name throughout the game…
Yeah the fans are unbelievable. You know sitting on the bench at one point just listening to the crowd and they were going crazy. You know I don’t think if it was for them we would have had the same game tonight, we just seem to build so much momentum off of them. And it’s nice to have them.

On seeing Nathan during the TV timeout…
Yeah, we didn’t know that they were going to be doing that and showing him up there. You know for him to come in and give us that boost of energy is unbelievable. And obviously the crowd loves it and loves him and are supporting him every minute of the day. It was great to see him out there. He gave us a big energy boost.

On if he thinks the Bruins are getting into Roberto Luongo’s head a little bit…
No not at all. He’s able to shake games off like it’s nothing. And you know he’s bounced back so many times and he’s so tough to play against in Vancouver. So you know he’s going to brush this off, he’ll definitely bounce back from this.

On how the team needs to translate the energy the have at home to the road…
Yeah it’s going to be tough. You know we seem to be able to build a ton of energy off our crowd. So we’re going to have to find some way to do it. And just, you know use each other to get up and try to build some energy off that and hopefully that’s enough.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On what tonight feels like for the Bruins…
Well, we knew what we were up against, so I guess the last time I talked to you guys it was do or die for us, so we approached it that way. We were pretty sharp and we played, obviously, our game of our lives, it was such an important game for us.

On Boston’s explosive first period…
Well, it was just, we tried to focus on having a good start, our first, you know, first twenty and we did things that we said before the game we were going to do you know, eventually it turned out to be plays that ended up in the net.

On if it boosted morale to see Nathan Horton
Of course. We miss him a lot, for him to come to the games, and showing the support just tells you what a great teammate and a friend of ours he is. And obviously we like what we see, that he’s getting better and better.

On if Tim Thomas answered Roberto Luongo’s comments tonight…
It doesn’t bother me, it doesn’t bother him. You know, we know he’s very competitive, he’s, he always picks up these challenges in the right way and reacts well.

On Game 7…
Biggest game again, for both teams, so you know, we’ve got to get ready for that.

On if the Bruins will carry tonight’s play into Game 7…
Of course, that’s the goal and you know, we know we did some things right and we did some things wrong and we have to get better at it, obviously we want to have our best game of the series in the last game.

On how successful the Bruins were in the first period…
Yeah, we were really focused on having a strong start in the first twenty and we did things the way we said we were going to do, before the game and it was nice that we capitalized on those situations.

On the importance of Game 7…
It’s the most important game, I think, for both teams, for the whole playoffs of the year, that’s the game of the year.

On carrying their success at home back to Vancouver…
Well, we know we did some things right and some things we need to get better at, and we just have to focus on one last game to do everything right.

On the home ice advantage in this series…
That’s the way, in the playoffs, sometimes you see that the home ice is not really a big difference in the series and obviously in this one, it seems that both teams took advantage of it. So now it’s going to be interesting to see what’s going to happen in game seven.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS GOALTENDER ROBERTO LUONGO
On the 4:14 stretch where the Bruins scored four goals …
Yeah, I mean they came out flying obviously and got some goals and I obviously didn’t make enough key saves to weather the storm early.

On Brad Marchand’s goal in the first period…
Well I mean I was there. It was a good shot but at the same time I got to make that save, so I mean, he put it where he wanted it but you know I got to make a save there.

On how nervous he was before the game…
Honestly, I had a good feeling all day. There was not extra nerves or anything like that. I was excited to play. I mean we had a chance to win the Cup. Nerves is part of playing in the playoffs. I think we had nerves every game, pretty much.

On what accounts for the vast difference in his play in Boston and Vancouver…
I’ve had some success on the road all year. I mean, I know that before the series even started I enjoyed playing in this building. So, I’m not going to make any excuses. It just didn’t happen for me obviously, in all three games. I’m just doing to move on right now and we have one game at home to win a Stanley Cup. We’ve had some success there as a team so that’s what we’re looking forward to right now.

On if he feels that he has a chance to rebound and play like he did in Game 5…
Yeah, I mean, I got to believe in myself, right? That’s a big component of bouncing back and playing a good game. So, we’re going to put what happened tonight behind us as soon as possible and obviously get ready for what is going to be a dream as far as playing in game seven in a Stanley Cup Final.

On the play of Tim Thomas tonight…
He played well. He’s been playing well all series and I’ve said that from the start.

On what he said to Cory Schneider when he came into the game…
I just told him to shut the door. I mean, it was three-nothing and it was early in the game. I said, just, you know, shut the door and we’ll get back in this game.

On what Shawn Thornton said to him during warm-ups…
I can’t say it on the air.

On if it is hard not to feel that he has let the team down…
Well I think, obviously, we could have had a much better game but like I said now, it’s one game from the Stanley Cup, so you can’t hang your head now and feel sorry for yourself, that would be the worst thing I could do.

On if losing this game is a blessing in disguise…
No, whatever, it doesn’t make a difference at this point. I think right now it’s all about one game.

On if it is a similar feeling to Game 7 versus Chicago…
Yeah, obviously a little bit but it’s a bigger stage. It’s the Stanley Cup Final. It’s one game, winner take all. I’ve been in those situations before, I know how to handle it and I’ll be ready for it.

Pregame
VANCOUVER CANUCKS FORWARD HENRIK SEDIN
On how difficult it is to focus knowing that the Cup is in the building…
Well, it shouldn’t be. We’re one game away and we want to take care of business tonight. This is a big, big chance for us and we’re going to go out and play our best game, and hope that it’s going to be enough.

On if his line or the power play are close to breaking out…
I think we’ve been close throughout the series. We’ve got to realize that we’ve been up against a great goalie over there. He’s made some tremendous saves, and we’re going to have to keep taking shots and keep getting traffic there. He’s not going to be able to make those saves throughout the series. We’re going to have to keep getting pucks at him.

On how urgent the Canucks are to close out the series…
Yeah, I mean like I said, we get two chances but this is the game that we’re going to focus on. We’re going to have to put our best game on the ice, and we’re not taking any chances to play a seventh game. We want to finish this tonight. That’s huge for us.

On what it would mean to win the Stanley Cup in the building he was drafted in…
Yeah it would be special, for sure. Again, it’s not something you really think about before the game, but it’s pretty funny the way it turned out to be playing these guys in the Finals, and this is where it all started. So it’s special.

On if he’s worried about parade talk motivating Boston…
Nothing we’ve been talking about. I don’t know, there’s always going to be talk about that from fans, from media. But we’re a group, we don’t really read papers or watch TV or nothing like that. So we’re focusing on the next game, that’s been the case throughout the playoffs.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS DEFENSEMAN KEVIN BIEKSA
On if anything needs to be said to motivate the team…
I don’t think anything needs to be said. I think everyone understands the situation we’re in and what’s at stake. So, obviously we’re looking to have a better game than we did here in games three and four.

On if the Canucks have to come out and play inspired tonight…
Yeah, I think that’s when we’re at our best, when we’re playing with confidence and we’re making plays.

On if the Canucks want to close the series out tonight instead of in Game 7…
I don’t think you ever want to give up an opportunity to win the Stanley Cup.

On what Vancouver expects from the Bruins…
Well we expect their best, obviously. Their backs are against the wall. They’ve been a resilient team all year, and in the playoffs they’ve been down a bunch of times in the series and they’ve come back. It’s no secret that they’re a more physical, aggressive team at home. They feed off their crowd, so we expect energy.

On what it’s like to play against Boston since he grew up in the area…
Yeah, it’s something right now that I try not to think about. When it gets in our heads, we’re trying just to remind ourselves to be focused on the game, and it’s a huge game ahead of us. And it’s a big challenge, we can’t take anything for granted. They’re a great team on home ice.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS FORWARD JANNIK HANSEN
On his line’s numbers on the road…
I don’t know maybe matchups are a little bit different at home than on the road. I don’t know what plays in; it’s a tough question if I knew it wouldn’t be like that. It could be too far away to fix it. But again we’ve at least got to play our game. Our game isn’t about finesse, isn’t about making pretty plays, it’s about getting into the ugly spaces in the ice, getting in front of the net and banging and hacking away.

On what he plans on doing the first couple of shifts to get started on the right foot…
Getting pucks deep, not turning them over not feeding them in at transitions. Obviously we’ve taken a couple of big chances early on. Their crowd’s going to get into it even more than they are so trying to play to our advantage, trying to see if we can take the crowd out a little bit with taking the momentum away from them.

On if it’s possible to take the crowd away in this building…
I think so. If we play the way we did in Vancouver I believe we can. We can be the more physical team and pull some will on them if we play the way.

On if he’s able to put it out of his head that the cup will be in the building tonight…
Yeah I think it’s not going to be a problem. We’ve been able to take this one game at a time through the entire playoffs I don’t think it’s going to be a problem tonight either.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MICHAEL RYDER
On preparing for tonight’s game…
Yeah, for sure, you know, it’s do-or-die right now and we, this situation, is go time in the playoffs. And we have to make sure we just give it all we got and there’s definitely guys in here that can step it up and have a big game for us, you know, and tonight I think we need everybody to do that and then after tonight, then we just have to worry about the next one after that.

On using physicality tonight…
I think it’s going to be, you just get the momentum early, you know, and come out and show those guys that they’re in for a game and that’s what we want to do. And once we do that, it seems like we have a lot more success and we get to control the play and make the, start that early in the game, get our game going and everything will fall into place from there.

On the team’s mindset tonight…
I don’t know, I think everybody in here knows what they have to do and even in this situation a couple times in this playoff series, it’s all about us making sure we come ready to play and making sure we still have fun, you know, don’t play too tight. Just go out and play our game, you know, it’s do-or-die and we just want everyone to go out there and put it all on the ice.

On the home ice advantage in this series…
Well in this series it seems like home ice is, it’s, whoever has it tends to win. So we want to keep that going tonight and use it to our advantage, you know, get them in the game early, make sure we throw a few hits, get the momentum on our side, And if we do that I think, you know, the game, the other things that we do, like get the puck in goal and stuff like that, but if we establish the forecheck early in the game, I think that’s where we have all our success.

On winning the face-offs during the game…
It’s huge, you know, you want to start with the puck a lot and there’s a lot of good face-offs with guys on our team and their team. So there’s going to be, and obviously the wingers help get it home, so everybody has to jump in and the more you win face-offs, the more you play with the puck and that gives you the advantage. It’s key for us and we’ve talked about it all playoffs and it seems like every time we come out on top in the face-off department, we have a good game and come out on top in the win column.

On explaining the home ice advantage in this series…
No, not really, you know, it just seems like the home team always play their game when they get that, you know, those tight games in Vancouver, and here it’s a different story. And I’m sure [Roberto] Luongo’s going to be ready to bounce back, come back in this building and we’ve got to be ready for that, and it’s just a matter of getting pucks in the net and getting more traffic and not letting him feel comfortable in there.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON
On what the key is to the start of the game…
We have to have energy, we have to limit our mistakes and play hard on and off the puck. I think, I don’t know about keys to the game, but we definitely have to play a better brand of hockey than we did last game.

On if the team had good energy at morning skate…
I like to think so, yeah. It seemed like a pretty focused group. Should be. I don’t see why we wouldn’t be.

On having faced elimination twice already in the playoffs this year…
I don’t know if that makes you confident, but definitely experience helps in any situation. So, we’ve been through it before this year, hopefully we can get through it now.

On his feelings about tonight’s game…
My feeling for tonight? I think we’re ready. I had a good feeling in the room this morning. But I guess we’ll find out this evening. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be. You leave it all out there.

On if the Bruins are tired this time of year…
No such thing. There’s no such thing this time of year. I’ll be tired a week from now. Tonight, be ready.

On if he has appreciated how entertaining this series has been…
I actually appreciate the original question. It’s been a great series. I talked about it after games three and four, that I didn’t want that one incident to be the focal point of this. I think it’s been an unbelievable series back and forth. Our goal now is to continue this series and make it more entertaining.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On using the fans for motivation…
We’re definitely counting on it and obviously, it worked in our favor, we were able to feed off the crowd’s energy and we expect the same going into tonight’s game. And like you said, it could go up even another level, you know, it’s an exciting time, it doesn’t, even though we’re down a game here, you know, it’s game six here, it doesn’t get any better than this. So as a team, like I said, after last game we’re excited about the opportunity and I know the fans are too.

On tonight being the last home game…
Yeah, and we definitely want to end it off on a good note. So you know, it’s an opportunity for us to get back in the series, it’s an opportunity for us to win our last home game, and you know, like you said, the fans were loud last game, they were excited, and they’re even more excited going into this game. Like I said, it’s a great experience so far, it’s a great opportunity, and we want to make the most of it.

On what it means to have Nathan Horton missing from the lineup…
It just goes to show that everyone’s going to have to do a little bit more. Obviously he’s, you know, with a guy like Horty [Nathan Horton] who stepped up and scored big goals at key times, not just in games seven like you said, you look back at game five against Montreal, he gets the game-winner and in game five against Tampa he was able to get that goal and get us into that game also, so he’s scored some big goals at some key times and that just goes to show that you know, everyone’s going to have to do a bit more and everyone’s going to have to step up here and fill in for the void.

On getting bodies in front of Roberto Luongo…
Yeah, for sure, you know, we talked about it after the game, we talked about it as a team, and obviously he’s a great goaltender, you know, if he sees it, ninety-nine point nine percent of the time he’s going to stop it. And for us, when we’re willing to battle in front of the net and you know, fight for loose pucks and get in his face, and, like I said, battle for our space in front of the net and fight for positioning. That’s, you can see so far throughout the playoffs, we’ve got results and we need more of that.

On the importance of winning the little battles during the game…
Yeah, I think we’ve been pretty good, obviously, when we start with the puck and when we win those face-offs. You know, sometimes those little battles get overlooked because of a lot of big things that happened in the game, but it’s ultimately those little things that lead up to the big things, so you definitely want to win those battles and like I said, they’ll lead to big things.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ANDREW FERENCE
On being excited for the chance to force another Game 7…
Yeah I mean it’s obviously, the city’s excited. It’s been a long run and lots of ups and downs and crazy stuff, but obviously everybody can smell a finish coming up soon and wants us obviously to continue the story for another game.

On what has inspired him…
Well I mean the Cup. I mean it, you work your whole life and obviously don’t get too many shots at it and to do it with any team I’m sure is a good time, but we really have a close group that feels like a good family. And we’ve had that all year, it doesn’t just happen in the playoffs. So to do it with guys that you really consider good friends is a lot of fun. And you want to end on a good note.

On if he slept alright last night…
Yeah. Second time around is easier. I remember first time with Calgary mostly your mind gets pretty busy. But also I was in a different situation. I was up three-two with Calgary so the mind works in different ways. But this time is a little easier around.

On what Claude Julien told them on the ice…
Well, you can’t really, there’s no state secrets or anything. It’s just general stuff. I mean the preparation for a game like tonight isn’t necessarily all that different from games in the past. I mean if you start trying to change your game or coming up with new stuff at this time of year, it’s probably not going to work. So it was really just sticking with the same stuff. I wish I could tell you a great miracle speech or something like that, but it’s really, that’s not the type of team we have. It’s just a team that has to be focused and has to play good, hard hockey.

On Milan Lucic saying after Game 5 that not enough players on the team were going in the same direction…
Well we have to. It doesn’t matter if we’re facing Vancouver, or middle of the season, or whatever round we’re playing in. If we have, we really do have a team that relies on a system and a lot of hard work. And if there’s a weak link in the chain it really hurts our team. So it, we have to have everybody kind of pulling the same direction and being mindful of the little things that they’re responsible for on the ice. So I think that for people that probably watched our team all year, especially guys in this room, I think most of us find it pretty obvious when our game is just a little bit off. And it doesn’t work at this time of year.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On tonight’s game…
I’m excited, I can’t wait. 

On what they need to do better than they did in Game 5…
Yeah, for some reason we don’t play as well there as we do at home.  But now we are home and we have to play our hockey. We have to play just like we did in the [two] games at home. It’s not going to be easy, we know that. But we are going to have our fans behind us and we have to play just like it’s our last game.

On how the fans help them to play better at home…
They give us so much energy, and you can feel it after each hit or quality shot, they let us know, and they are behind us. They give us so much energy and I expect the same thing tonight.

On what his line has to do better tonight…
Well as a line, me and Looch [Milan Lucic] have basically played every time with a different guy and it’s hard to get the chemistry going. But now we are at home and we have last change advantage so it should be fine tonight. 

On having two centers on his line…
I think it works good. I know we haven’t been scoring. We had one great chance, where we didn’t get the rebound. We just have to make sure we play well tonight.

On getting bodies in front of Roberto Luongo…
Yeah, we have to do, not just on the power play but five-on-five. We have to score goals so we have to put bodies in front of [Roberto] Luongo.  

On why he has been struggling on the power play…
I don’t know, this year I have been better five-on-five and it’s just reversed. I guess I am more of a shooter right now. I don’t need to come out to make a play. But it is what it is. We’re in the final, I don’t care if the power play is good or not. We are in the final and all that matters is tonight.

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