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Stanley Cup Media Day: Running Quotes

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS MEDIA DAY QUOTES

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

BOSTON BRUINS PRESIDENT CAM NEELY
On the a return to Vancouver for himself and Milan Lucic
Obviously to be in the finals is pretty special to begin with. Coming back to Vancouver, obviously have some family and friends that are excited about it as well. Fortieth anniversary for the Canucks, being a former player, growing up here, its an interesting match-up, but its exciting for sure. And for Milan, probably you know, a little different being a player in that regard but, you know, he’s got tons of family and friends that are excited about this match-up and I think a lot of people were certainly hoping for it at the start of the year. And you know, to have two teams like this meet in the finals its um, from Milan’s perspective, I don’t think he could ask for anything better. 

On the bond between Neely and the city of Vancouver…
Well I have. I got to Maple Ridge in 1976 and became a huge Canuck fan and I think I’ve said this numerous times I was a huge Stan Smyl fan, had the opportunity to play with him for a few years. You know, unfortunately it didn’t work out for me here and things worked out really well in Boston but I always certainly kept tabs on what happened to the Canucks over the years, except of course when they played us but you know, its home. And Boston is home as well so, you know its fun to see what the Canucks have been able to accomplish especially this year, they’ve got a great team. So it’s gonna be a pretty interesting series.

On whether facing adversity early in his career made him a better player…
Well it’s a possibility, its hard to say really. I mean, I always feel that you probably learn a lot more from adversity than if everything went smooth all the time so you know, what happened was I had a opportunity when I first got to Boston they gave me and opportunity to play with great players and see what I could do. And I think a lot of it had to do with the head scout, Bart Bradley, was from the Vancouver area and saw me play a ton in the Western Hockey League and in Portland and I think he, you know really pushed Harry Sinden to acquire me and that deal with Barry. So you know, unfortunately in my last year in Vancouver I just didn’t really play all that much and it felt like my career was going backwards and things worked out on that trade in June for me. 

On the 25th anniversary of his trade, June sixth, falling in the middle of this series…
Yeah it was pointed out to me. When I saw that date, it also happens to be on my birthday so it was an interesting birthday gift that I was given. I don’t know if it was from the Canucks or from Boston when I got traded. Yeah, game three. That’ll be an exciting day that’s for sure. 

On if winning the Stanley Cup as an executive would fill the void of not winning one as a player…
It would be by far the next best thing, there’s no question. Absolutely no question. I mean, when you’re a player, your goal is to make the NHL, and then once you get in the league, you want to win the Stanley Cup. So, unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to do it in a uniform, but hopefully can do it in a suit.

On if winning the Stanley Cup is more important because of other championships in the city…
Well it’s important, yes. It’s important for a lot of reasons. It’s been a long time obviously [since] the Bruins have won a Cup. You’re right- the Celtics, the Patriots, the Red Sox have won recently. We have an amazing fan base that has come back in droves the last few years, and supported us like they did maybe in the 80’s and 90’s, early 90’s. They deserve a Cup. They really do deserve a Cup and we’re going to do all we can to try and realize that for them. 

On how the team will go about shutting down Vancouver’s offense…
Yeah, I don’t need to tell anybody what kind of great players they have offensively, and it’s something that, we feel we’ve got a pretty strong team defensively. They have to be smart, as far as not taking stupid penalties and making sure we stay out of the penalty box. But we’ve shown that we can play well against teams that have great offensive players and we’ve got a bunch of them in the Eastern Conference. Whether it’s [Alex] Ovechkin throughout the year and [Steven] Stamkos, [Martin] St. Louis, [Vincent] Lecavalier with the series we just played. So it’s going to be similar in that regard. But I think we match up pretty well the way we play defensively and five-on-five we’re a pretty strong hockey club.

On friends and family of Neely’s that still live in Vancouver being conflicted…
I think it should be fairly easy for them. [Laughs]. If it’s not, they’re not coming to the games. [Laughs]. 

On how many family members he still has in the Vancouver area…
Unfortunately, it’s gotten smaller over the years, but I have two sisters and their families. I have three nephews, I have my grandmother, an aunt and some cousins. And all of them are really out in Maple Ridge.

On if he’s talked to Milan Lucic on what to expect and how to handle it…
No, I kind of let those guys alone a little bit. I think they all realize where we’re at, what the stakes are, what the situation is. They’re all professionals. Even though this is much higher stakes than it was when we came out here in February, it certainly was a lot for Milan [Lucic], and I think he handled it extremely well and he had a great hockey game. So I certainly expect the same from him.

On if it’s difficult to watch games from the press box…
It’s much harder watching than playing, yes.

On if that was something he had to get used to…
I’m still trying to get used to it. [Laughs].

On what he does with everyone asking him for tickets…
I’m sending them all to Looch [Milan Lucic]. [Laughs].

On if he’s heard from some of his connections in Vancouver…
I think they’ll be talking out of both sides of their mouth, all those people you talked about. Listen, when you grow up around here, you certainly root for the local team. I’ve got some friends and family that root for Vancouver when we don’t play against them, and they have a hard time obviously when we do play against them. But as I said earlier, it’s, I certainly hope if they’re in the building and they’re related to me or friends of mine, they’ll be cheering for the Bruins. At least quietly. 

BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI AND HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN

On if there is still concern over the power play and if it may break through in this series…

Claude Julien

Well we made some adjustments late in the last series as you saw, and put Zdeno [Chara] up front. We certainly made some little tweaks here and there hoping to turn the corner on that. Again I think at the beginning of the playoffs, we felt like if we can’t get our power play going, we’re in big trouble. But here we are in the finals, so we’ve managed to survive. We understand that if your power play doesn’t get going, you’re certainly playing with fire, but having said that I think it’s going to be important for us to be extremely disciplined, and try and minimalize the penalties we take because they do have a good power play. But at the same time, your penalty killers are going to have to do a great job, so we’ve been able to balance that throughout, especially the last series with Tampa Bay, who had a really good power play coming in and our special teams somehow managed to stay pretty close there until Game 6 where they broke through. And obviously Game 7, with none of those being a factor.

On how well Milan Lucic handles the spotlight…

Peter Chiarelli

Well, we’ve seen Milan [Lucic] when he was a junior, how he handled pressure games, with that challenge series and with the Giants. We’ve seen him prior to this year in the playoffs, clutch goals, being a physical factor. He’s starting to come around in the playoffs now, I don’t think there would be any other thing greater than being in Vancouver to motivate him. So I don’t think we’ll have to worry about that. He handles himself, he’s a mature kid, for being kind of a playful kid. He handles himself well. When we were here earlier in the winter, I think he had a cheering section out by the bus, maybe a thousand strong. He knows he’s under certain pressures here, but I think he embraces them, he’s an enthusiastic player and he enjoys the pressure. He’s shown that he can play under the pressure.

On how special it is for members of the Bruins organization with ties to Vancouver…

Peter Chiarelli

Well I’ve talked to all of them at different times about coming here to play. Even, again, when we came back here later in the winter. I mean they all get really juiced up about playing here, and the ticket requests are huge also. But they call this God’s Country, each of them I think told me that, that they were back to God’s Country, so we’re happy to be here to play obviously the Stanley Cup Final. But it’s obviously special to each of those guys in their own way and I’m glad there’s some consolation to playing here, and that it’s for these guys.

On Claude Julien’s friendship with Alain Vigneault…

Claude Julien

Well I don’t think [this series] is going to affect our friendship. It might affect it for a couple of weeks, rightfully so. But no, as far as Alain [Vigneault] and I are concerned, we go way back as, and again I’m going to try to keep this answer short, from being teammates out in Salt Lake City to being both from the Ottawa area, with him being from the other side of the river, the Quebec side, and we kind of built a friendship throughout those years. And I think this year more than any, is the year I think we were very supportive of each other, knowing the demands of both organizations, and hoping to have those teams in the Stanley Cup Finals. I know Alain had his here in Vancouver and I certainly had mine in Boston, and the expectations were very high. I remember at one point saying we hope to see each other in the Stanley Cup Finals and here we are. I know throughout the playoffs we were kind of encouraging each other, and know that we’ve made it here, we’ve both gone silent and don’t plan on talking to each other until it’s all over.

On if Milan Lucic’s decision to stay at the hotel and not go home was a player or management decision…

Peter Chiarelli

You’d have to talk to the boss here.

Claude Julien

This is something we do. We, as a team, we stay at the hotel and we stay together as a team. This is what we call a sacrifice for all the right reasons … It wasn’t even an issue and he wants to be with the team and he knows his family members’ demands and the sacrifices you have to make at this point. So, it hasn’t been an issue, and it certainly won’t be moving forward. 

On if a Tim Thomas-like goalie is needed most of the time to get this far…

Peter Chiarelli

Well, history shows both sides of that. And sometimes teams try to copy the Stanley Cup Finals the following year, the subsequent years. We’ve seen teams before without star goaltenders win Cups. Tim [Thomas] is a terrific goaltender, and he’s a clutch goaltender, and he’s won championships before and it never, I wouldn’t call [the goalie matchup] last year a fluke, I think you’ll probably see it again at some point. But you’re going to be more certain to have a proven goaltender. I think history will show that also.

On Tim Thomas’ performance thus far in the playoffs and what they expect in the Finals…

Peter Chiarelli

I think I’ve been asked this question a few times before, and I often bring up Grant Fuhr. You’ve seen him in the past win series, win games, sometimes win games by letting in five goals, but making seven lip-standing saves and Tim [Thomas] has shown us a lot of that. There’s been games where, I’ve seen the comments after these games, and justifiably so, where he may have let in two or three soft ones. But every time he’ll come back and there will be a time at a clutch time in towards the end of the game where he’ll make two or three terrific saves that will win the game for us. So, generally speaking, I would characterize his play for these playoffs as outstanding, and you’re going to see games here or there, but he wants to win, and as you know he’s a competitive, competitive kid and he’s an older man I guess than younger, but we’ll worry about that description later. But he’s a competitive, competitive competitor. He wants to win. 

On the luxury of having a player like Tyler Seguin on the third line and what is expected of him in the future…

Claude Julien

Well first of all I’d say, to characterize him, saying they are bottom six, probably the only reason he’s there right now is his age and maybe his lack of experience because I don’t think he’s gonna be a bottom six for very long. We all see the potential, we all see what he has to offer and speed-wise, skill-wise and everything else. And is it a luxury? Absolutely. I think anybody who witnessed him when he came in our lineup knows how much of a luxury he is. 

Peter Chiarelli

Going forward, I mean, his skill set is in the top, you know, top 5% of the league I think now. Now, he’s, as Claude mentions there has to be a level of maturity and we’re seeing that right now, we’re seeing it, you know, throughout the playoffs and we’re going to continue to see it throughout the summer and in subsequent seasons. He accepts what is delivered to him as far as his playing assignments, as far as what he has to do to get better. He is continuing to get better, as I said, day to day and someone with his skill set and his speed and his sense and vision, I mean he’s gonna be a top line forward in very short order. 

On the potential one-on-one battle between Patrice Bergeron and Ryan Kesler…

Claude Julien

Well, you know, I don’t know if it’s a key to having success, I have a feeling that Kesler is not going to necessarily be looking at Bergeron much unless its those big faceoffs at key times as you mentioned but somehow I have a feeling that both coaches will probably look for something else and then if it isn’t then so be it but, you know, I think when you look at those two players, what they bring to their team, are very similar, you know. And Patrice has done everything for our team that Kesler has done for his, so there’s no doubt that you’ve got two players here that are key to their team, guys that you can use in all kinds of situations and for us its keen on Patrice being as good as he can be and as I mentioned before it will be interesting to see the difference between those two, what they bring to the game in these finals. 

Peter Chiarelli

Again, I don’t know. Well I know how Claude is going to play Patrice’s line, I won’t tell you but I think you guys can figure that out. You know, there, I can’t say enough of Patrice’s two way game, his strength on the puck, his faceoffs of course are very important. I think in that last series whatever team won the most faceoffs won the game, so he’s obviously a big factor in this series, and you know for him to come back the way he came back and start with the Tampa series, or two games in to the Tampa series, and play the way he’s played, I mean I think that speaks volumes.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TIM THOMAS.
[Missed question, start of answer] Game 7 I had against Dwayne Roloson there, it was a 0-0 game so whenever Roloson was making big saves, I had to make sure that I was on my toes so that I wasn’t the one to let the goal in. So I’m pretty sure Roberto [Luongo] is not going to get many shots on me this series. So I’m going to be worried about the guys that are getting shots on me.

On what he has to be aware of with the Sedin twins...
Well they’re great players so with those type of guys you have to be ready for the pass and shot at all times. There’s certain guys that you know are shooters and certain guys you know as passers and I don’t think you can put either of them exactly in either category. one brother has more tendency to shoot, the other has more tendency to pass. But they look so alike, they’re numbers are so alike, there’s no use trying to figure out which is which. I’m just going to play them both honestly and just try to be ready for everything.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On if he ever imagined that he’d be in the Finals when he signed with the Bruins…
I believed the team I was signing with would have that chance, and I’m just glad that it’s happening.

On what he enjoys the most about playing with Dennis Seidenberg
Everything. He’s a guy who, he loves competing, he’s in great shape, he works hard off the ice to make sure he’s fit. He’s willing to sacrifice his body blocking shots, making or taking hits. I just love the way he’s so professional about the game. 

On the uniqueness of playing the Sedins and the challenge they present…
There’s only a few players in the league, and obviously them being brothers, it helps. Being together for so long, since growing up together, they know each other extremely well, they know where they are, even without looking at each other. So it makes it obviously a challenge and hard to play against them, but we just have to try to take as much away from them.

On how you approach playing the Sedins…
You just play the way you are used to playing, and just be aware of what they like to do, their tendencies, and try to be ahead of them in that part of the game. 

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On how Game 3 falls on Cam Neely’s birthday…
And its funny, he’s June 6th, I’m June 7th so there’s more of a connection.

On the Stanley Cup experience so far…
Yeah, it’s cool. It’s awesome. It’s just, you know, it’s a special feeling, it’s a special experience, you know, you always wish for this opportunity growing up as a kid and I think Timmy [Tim Thomas] said it best yesterday, ‘It’s not a dream just to get to the finals, it’s a dream to win the Stanley Cup” and that’s how it is right now. It’s fun to get here, it’s fun to go through this, the media day and see all the hype about it and you know, we had a good practice out there today and I think, you know, there’s definitely a good feeling going around our room heading into tomorrow.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MICHAEL RYDER
On what he remembers from his dreams about this moment...
Well actually when I was a kid I built my own Stanley Cup, when you think about it. Yeah, I had one of those five gallon buckets and then put another bucket on top and then had another one, like had three or four buckets. We used to use it playing like hand hockey tournaments and street hockey. It’s pretty neat doing that and like you said, as a kid you always dream about it and that’s what we did. We put tin foil around it to make it look like a Stanley Cup and now I’m here. It’s starting to sink in a bit now. With all the media and all that’s going on and tomorrow, it’s getting a little nervous but excited at the same time.

On if it’s weird doing something that he’s always dreamed of doing...
Yeah well, yeah I guess because you don’t really realize you’re here. This is what you do and we’re here now. You look around and you see all the Stanley Cup Final things and it’s pretty intense and there’s two teams left and it’s exciting. We have to enjoy the moment but then we have to give it all you got because like I said before, we might not get this opportunity again and you have to take advantage of it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD RICH PEVERLEY
On whether he was surprised about being traded to the Bruins…
Yeah, I was extremely surprised. You know, I had signed that extension last year and you know, I didn’t expect to be moved, but as the same time, when I did get moved I was really excited about the opportunity to play in a hockey market and play for a, you know a team that was completing for a Stanley Cup.

On whether he was pleased about coming to Boston…
Absolutely, you know, you always in your career would like to play in a hockey market and you know, obviously Boston is a true, passionate sports city and I was very excited about that opportunity.

On whether he enjoys the media attention...
Well you know, its part of the process and you know, you want to take it all in but at the same time you know you’ve got to keep your focus and that focus is game one.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
[Missed beginning of amswer, question] It’s going to be a different game. This is a play off. It’s going to be different. I hope he’s [Lucic] going to keep his great confidence, great production here in Vancouver just like he has in the past. But it’s going to be hard but I believe we can do it. I’m going to try to help him as much as I can. We can not really compare last game we played here with now.

On how if he is enjoying his experience thus far with all of the media...
I’m enjoying it. It’s pretty cool, it doesn’t happen a lot. You never know when you’re going to have a chance like that again so I try to enjoy it, not too much because there’s a game to play tomorrow but this was pretty good. We knew that it was going to be crazy like this with the media and fans and stuff but you have to enjoy it, you have to. It’s a fun time and you never know when it’s going to happen again.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD GREGORY CAMPBELL
On Patrice Bergeron...
A lot of the things that he does are very subtle, but I think if you ask Rex [Mark Recchi] or Marchy [Brad Marchand] they’ll tell you that he makes the players around him better and that’s the sign of a great player, those players that can do that and you know, he’s out there almost every other shift, if its taking face-offs or whatever it is and he plays in all situations so to play in this league and to play against the top players every night and to do as well as he has is, that speaks for itself.

On all the media attention that comes with this experience…
Yeah, for sure that’s, this is the biggest stage in hockey you know, and right now there’s only two teams left playing and we like to think of ourselves as one of the two best teams left playing so this is what comes along with it but I think you have to enjoy the attention, you know, and be able to thrive under the microscope but also have the ability to focus on playing hockey.

On turning to players with Stanley Cup experience like Thornton and Recchi…
Yeah, I don’t know if people necessarily, if guys are necessarily going up and asking them point blank questions rather just kind of watching them and how they carry themselves in different situations. There's been times throughout these playoffs where we’ve been faced with a little adversity and to watch the guys and those two and the calmness that they show and the confidence that they show and you know, its not always gonna go in your favor but if you stick with it, as we have, we know were a good team and, you know, usually the good teams come out on top.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On how he feels about being in the finals...
I’m trying to keep it out of my mind because if it starts sinking in I’m going to realize how big it is and I don’t want to get too nervous. So I’m just trying not to think about it at all and just make the days go by as fast I can, sleep the days away and hope I don’t realize what I’m doing here before the game starts.

On if he’s been studying up on Vancouver...
Yeah obviously you do your homework before each series. We’ve done ours, we’ve done our video and everything. I’m sure they’ve done theirs on us so I think both teams are going to be ready come game time obviously we’re both very hungry and excited to get it under way. But for the most part right now I think it’s all going to be desire and who wants it most at this point.

On what the send-off was like yesterday...
I don’t know how many people were there but it was unbelievable. Our whole parking lot was packed with people and they were going wild. So it was unbelievable, we weren’t expecting that. We were expecting to go to our bus and leave the parking lot like any other day and when you go out and it’s packed with people, it’s pretty special.

On if he feels motivated to get Vancouver a little agitated...
Yeah. Obviously power plays are such a key part of games at this point of the season. For the most part discipline is such a key factor to both teams. You don’t want to put your team down and hurt your team in any way. But I think, for the most part, the refs are going to let a lot of stuff go. They know that they don’t want any penalties to be the deciding factor in a game so both teams are going to do their best to stay disciplined but obviously, at any point in any game a power play can cost a game.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON
On what distinguishes this from any other hockey played…
It’s The Cup, I mean this is what everyone, its cliché and everyone talked about it and probably heard it a hundred times but this is what you dream of as a kid so I’m gonna enjoy every second of it and try to make the most of it.

On what stuck out the most.in the previous experience…
...putting the trophy over my head stuck out the most. I think, I mean obviously the whole experience was unbelievable but being able to grab the cup was pretty special.

On the plane ride from Boston to Vancouver…
Yeah I mean being sent off by a few thousand fans in Boston too, it doesn’t happen every time you fly out of Logan so everyone was excited to get here, it was a long flight but, like you said, a little bit of a build up to get in here, got in at a good time though, got to get something to eat and get rested and get ready for today and tomorrow.

On the experience of media day today compared to five years ago…
Well you wouldn’t have been talking to me a few years ago, I think I sat here for an hour and talked to one person five years ago. I remember last time it was me and Rick Jackman, I think we stood there for about an hour and I don’t think anyone talked to us actually but so, as far as the experience, its pretty much all the same stuff, sit around and answer some questions, probably the same questions over and over and over again but it’s a good experience I don’t think anyone should be complaining about it. There’s a lot of guys that would buy where we are right now.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DANIEL PAILLE
On what he thinks of the spotlight on the Stanley Cup Finals…
It’s definitely an experience for us to be here and get a chance to, I guess, reflect on what we’ve done so far, and still know that there’s more to come. 

On how the spotlight has been compared to his expectations…
I think it’s definitely more. I’ve always thought of great things but I never think of off the ice, and when you needs to be done there. But everything else up to this point has been a lot more than what I’ve expected.

On if he’s thankful for his attitude and perseverance through being scratched in the regular season…
Well all year I had constant talks with Claude [Julien] and the coaches. And all year they were just telling me to be patient, stay strong, and I knew eventually my game was going to show in their eyes. And I am glad to be here right now, having a chance to play for the Cup and it was definitely a long year, but to be in this position now, where we are, is, it makes everything worth it.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOMAS KABERLE
On if playing in from of Tim Thomas changed his mindset or increased his confidence level…
Well obviously when you know you’re playing in front of a top-three/five goalies, it always gives you that boost, it gives you that confidence. You can rely on him every single game, pretty much, and he gives you a chance to win hockey games.

On how long he’s been in the league…
I think it’s 13.

On how many Stanley Cup Finals he’s been in…
It’s the first. 

On what it’s like to play in his first ever Stanley Cup Finals…
Well we can talk about it when it’s done. Obviously it’s before Game 1, so a lot of excitement right now, we’ve got three or four days in between the games. I told you, a couple good practices, travel, and it’s a little bit different than dealing with all the media and stuff before Game 1. It’s a little bit different, but everybody’s excited in the dressing room. Everybody’s anxious to go play Game 1.

On if the Stanley Cup Finals has the hype he expected…
Yeah. Yesterday we were leaving after practice in Boston and we had like [hundreads] people cheering for us, just on the way to the airport on the bus. It’s the greatest feeling. It’s what you play for, you play for your teammates and for the fans.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On what it was like coming to the Bruins after the trade...
Although the team did extremely well when Kaberle, Peverley and myself came on. So they definitely made us welcome and I think the best thing about the trade was the western road trip we had was a week long road trip and it gave us a chance to see the guys a little bit more as opposed to being at home, they have other commitments with family and so on.

On if the trip was memorable...
Oh for sure, yeah. It was a great trip. Actually, it’s a great story for me to tell people down the road, that I played two games in a Bruins uniform in Ottawa before I played a home game. So the trade couldn’t have worked out any better. So many guys, when they get traded, they’re on the next plane out of there. For me, I got obviously visa issues but also got a chance to stay at home a little bit longer and start in Ottawa and meet the team in Ottawa.

On if that winning streak fooled him into thinking he was part of the group right away...
No I don’t think so. In any given season you’re going to have your ups and downs. That was a great stretch that we had there and obviously we had a bit of a losing skid right after but that seems to be the case for a lot of teams throughout a year. I think that made it, maybe me more part of the team, a losing skid because you get to see people’s true colors when you go through something like that.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD TYLER SEGUIN
On the time difference between Boston and Vancouver…
I was, I slept right in, I mean the other guys were saying they knew they wouldn’t but, you know, I’m a young guy so I can kind of sleep through anything. No it was definitely nice to get in yesterday and I feel like today everyone felt fine, you know, our practice was pretty upbeat I mean, everyone was very excited, you could feel it, you could hear it and you know, that’s nice to have.

On the hype of media day…
Actually, it really does feel like draft day [laugh]. No yeah, its sunk in I think, you know really after winning the last game seven and, you know, it was my first game seven and winning that game at home and winning the conference championship, I felt something I hadn’t felt before and you know, it feels like now you want more of it, you want the whole prize, so I think that’s what everyone is very excited for.

On talking to a veteran like Recchi about not knowing when the next opportunity like this will be…
I don’t call [Mark Recchi] Rex old, you know. Sometimes he can act just like my age. Yeah but I mean you know he definitely says that, you know, ‘have fun with it, enjoy the moment’ I mean, you know, this could be my only chance, a day like this, a Stanley Cup Playoff Round, or a Finals round, I want to take it all in and have as much fun with it as I can.

On family members traveling to Vancouver…
No, not to Vancouver, but they’re gonna come down to Boston. 

On if they would go to Vancouver for a game five…
I think they’ll try, but you know, I have two young sisters that play probably more hockey than I do so , its definitely tough to get out of Brampton, Ontario. 

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On if it’s really starting to feel like the Stanley Cup Finals now...
Yeah, it is. I mean obviously this is my first time so I didn’t know what to expect but I think this is great. Try to enjoy every moment of it, this is one of them. Obviously practice was fun, I mean everything, it’s been a really good experience so far.

On if he sees similarities between him and Ryan Kesler..
Obviously, I think he’s a two-way forward. but he’s a great player and to be compared to him is nice but at the same time, I’m trying to be myself and I’m not even worried about the comparison. To me it’s about going out there and playing my game. With that being said, he does play a two-way game and he brings a lot to the table so he’s a great player.

On how they go about dealing with their fire power...
I think it’s about, well first of all, obviously discipline is going to be key. But yea, I think playing tight in our zone, obviously their going to try to get us moving in our zone too to create their chances but we’re going to make sure we’re staying tight. But they’re a great team overall and we have to make sure we have our best games every game.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD NATHAN HORTON
On the Vancouver Canucks...
I think obviously, their the best team in the NHL. They proved it through the regular season. I think they have a mix of everything, scoring and grit. For us, we got to play them one time and we got a little taste of it but it’s hard to compare them to other teams because they’re a good team and they have a lot of talent. Like I said, we have to be prepared to work real hard and play hard against them because you want any easy opportunity to score.

On his line and playing with Milan Lucic...
Yeah it’s been fun. My two linemates that I’m playing with, Krejci and Lucic, are unbelievable players, great play makers, could pass. They do it all. I know obviously, everyone brings something a little bit different but these two guys I can’t say enough about. They help our team get to where we want to be.

On the type of style they need to play...
Well you don’t want to open up too much with this team. They have great talent. You just want to be patient, play smart, work hard and get pucks in deep and kind of grind it out that way. Just don’t turn the puck over, don’t give them too much and that’s what we want to do.

On the challenges Lucic has faced and how happy he is for him now...
Sometimes you get the opportunities and you don’t get the points but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter. Where we are right now, he’s played great for us and I don’t think he’s gotten enough credit but he’s been great for us in every series and he helps us win games and in the playoffs that’s all that matters. For me, I’m really excited for him to be here, to play in front of family and friends. He must feel pretty special to be here and a lot of things happening for him.
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