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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Another penalty-free G7? Don't count on it

By James Murphy

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The same referees that called no penalties in the Bruins’ stirring 1-0 victory over the Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals -- Dan O’Halloran and Stephen Walkolm -- will be calling tonight’s Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals at Rogers Arena.

Would the officials keeping the whistles in their pockets favor the Bruins and their physical style of play?

“I don’t know if it really matters because we’ve been physical so far and it hasn’t affected our game,” coach Claude Julien said this morning. “We can say right now in this series that the penalties haven’t 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 7 that it is going to be the same.”

The Bruins bench boss doesn’t expect a penalty-free Game 7 in Vancouver tonight. Too much bad blood.

“To be honest with you, I doubt it, the way it’s been played,” Julien said. “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.”