Bruins: Stanley Cup final

Video: Do-or-die talk continues

June, 13, 2011
BOSTON -- The road team has yet to win a game in this Stanley Cup final series between Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks. If Boston can stave off elimination and force a Game 7, anything can happen.

With Vancouver’s victory in Game 5, home teams improved to 16-2 in the Stanley Cup final since 2009.

The home crowds at TD Garden and Rogers Arena have been phenomenal for the respective teams. Bruins forward Michael Ryder talked about the home and road records this series:

Paille video: 'We've responded before'

June, 13, 2011
BOSTON -- The atmosphere in the Bruins locker room Monday morning was calm and the players seemed focused.

They have to be because if they lose Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final against the Vancouver Canucks tonight at TD Garden, Boston’s season is over and its opponent will be celebrating a championship in this building.

Bruins forward Daniel Paille discussed the mindset of the team since it faces elimination:

BOSTON -- In the days between Games 5 and 6 of the Stanley Cup final between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks, players on both teams were asked about the possibility of the road team hoisting the Cup Monday night at Garden ice.

The Canucks lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 and it’s a “black and white” situation as Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference called it:

Video: Bruins focused only on Game 6

June, 13, 2011
BOSTON -- The road team has yet to win a game in 2011 Stanley Cup final between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks. The Bruins are hoping that trend continues Monday night at TD Garden.

The Canucks lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 and they can clinch a Cup victory with a win tonight. If Boston can stave off elimination, the series shifts back to Roger Arena in Vancouver for Game 7.

The Bruins held a game-day skate this morning and afterwards the players were saying they’re completely focused on Game 6 and nothing else:

Video: Bruins not looking for passengers

June, 13, 2011
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins held their normal game-day skate this morning at TD Garden in preparation for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final against the Vancouver Canucks.

The Stanley Cup will be in the building because the Canucks hold a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-seven series. The Bruins are hoping to keep the sacred chalice under lock and key.

Bruins forward, and Stanley Cup winner, Shawn Thornton says there can’t be any passengers because everyone needs to step up and contribute, or their season will end in disappointment:

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins have faced elimination twice already in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. They'll do so a third time as the Vancouver Canucks hold a 3-2 advantage in the Cup finals with Game 6 Monday night at TD Garden.

The Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 of the quarterfinals, before Boston ousted the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. Both games were on home ice.

Bruins coach Claude Julien held practice Sunday morning at the Garden in preparation for Game 6. Afterward he discussed his team’s mindset and preparation:

Thomas is in good company

June, 12, 2011
BOSTON -- Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas knows a lot about the history of the game. When it comes to stats and former players, he has a solid understanding of what came before him.

After the team’s practice Sunday morning at TD Garden, a reporter mentioned to Thomas and he and former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Ken Dryden were the only goalies in history to graduate college and play this deep into the Stanley Cup finals.

Tampa Bay Lightning netminder Dwayne Roloson, who graduated from UMass-Lowell, helped the Edmonton Oilers reach the Cup in 2006, but he was injured early in that series and did play past Game 1.

That leaves Thomas and Dryden.

“I didn’t realize that me and him were the only two,” Thomas said. “It’s an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as Ken Dryden. He played at Cornell, the same league I played college hockey at.”

Thomas explained that he read Dryden’s book “The Game” when he was in college at the University of Vermont and it served as motivation for him.

“When I was in college, I remember looking at what he’d accomplished and his stats. Those were the stats that I was gunning for to try to reach in college because he had a good college career. I read his book too, and gained some insight from that. I would like to hope that I can finish it off and get the Cup like he did.”

Thomas has little to say on Luongo

June, 12, 2011

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas had an answer for Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo and it wasn't in the form of flattery.

Luongo has taken a few digs at his counterpart, and fellow Vezina Trophy finalist, the last couple of days, and when asked to respond after the Bruins' practice Sunday at TD Garden, Thomas took a different route.

"I did hear about what he said, but I don't really want to go into that," Thomas said. "My focus is on what I can do to help my team win going into Game 6. It's obviously a must-win game and I think it's important for our whole team to focus on that game and what we can do on the ice."

The Canucks lead the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final 3-2 with Game 6 Monday night.

Prior to the Canucks flying to Boston on Saturday, Luongo suggested that he hasn't been getting enough respect from Thomas in this series.

"I have been pumping his tires ever since the series started," Luongo said. "I haven't heard one nice thing he had to say about me. That's the way it is."

After Vancouver's 1-0 victory in Game 5 on Friday, Luongo made it a point to criticize and critique Thomas on the game-winning goal.

"It's not hard if you're playing in the paint," Luongo said. "It's an easy save for me, but if you're wandering out and aggressive like he does, that's going to happen. He might make some saves that I won't, but in a case like that, we want to take advantage of a bounce like that and make sure we're in good position to bury those."

The Canucks' Max Lapierre capitalized on Thomas being out of position early in the third period in Game 5 and snuck in the game-winning goal.

Thomas isn't about to get into a war of words at this point of the season.

"I guess I didn't realize it was my job to pump his tires," Thomas said with a laugh. "I guess I have to apologize for that.

"Nobody on our team talks specifically about guys on the other team in that way. We've done a good job of focusing on the important things, which is what you can do on the ice and I think that's what helped us to get this far.

"There is obviously going to be talk in the media and they're going to talk about a whole bunch of different topics and that's fine. When I watched playoffs in the past, sometimes it's fun to listen to what is said, but when you're playing, I think the best course is to remain focused on what you can control and that's on the ice."

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Marchand video: Hoping best will do

June, 6, 2011
BOSTON -- The last thing the Bruins want is to face a 3-0 deficit to the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup final.

Bruins forward Brad Marchand believes if Boston plays its best game, a Game 3 victory will be the result:

Video: Paille talks chemistry

June, 6, 2011
BOSTON -- For the majority of the regular season, during the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the fourth line for the Boston Bruins made major contributions.

Since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, however, the Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton line changed when Thornton became a healthy scratch.

After the Bruins’ game-day skate this morning in preparation for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final, Paille talked about the challenges of change this time of the season:

Video: Ference talks deficit, turnovers

June, 6, 2011
BOSTON -- Boston held a normal game-day skate this morning and afterwards defenseman Andrew Ference talked about what they learned from being down two games to the Montreal Canadiens, and the importance of not turning over the puck. Ference, if you remember, is the one who turned it over a few seconds into overtime in Game 2.

Lineup changes for Bruins?

June, 6, 2011
BOSTON -- There’s been some debate over the last few days whether or not Bruins coach Claude Julien should stick with rookie Tyler Seguin, or insert veteran, and Stanley Cup winner, Shawn Thornton back into the lineup for Game 3 Monday night at TD Garden.

Julien was asked following the team’s game-day skate whether or not he was contemplating any lineup changes.

“You’re going to see 23 guys out there [pregame] and we’ll make some decisions after warmup,” he said with a smile.

Seguin had two solid games during the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning when he collected three goals and three assists in Games 1 and 2. Since that point, the explosiveness he showed has been missing a bit and now that the Bruins trail the Canucks 2-0 in the final, and with the series in Boston, Thornton could find himself back in the lineup.

Thornton was asked after the team’s game-day skate Monday morning at Garden if he was playing, and he indicated that he has not been told one way or another.

Savard keeping tabs on teammates

June, 4, 2011
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Boston Bruins injured forward Marc Savard (concussion) has been keeping close tabs on his teammates as they attempt to beat the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup finals.

He remains at home in Ontario, but he could be making a return trip to Boston when this series shifts to the Garden for Games 3 and 4 on Monday and Wednesday.

“He’s certainly watching us play,” Julien said. “It was nice to see him in Boston a few weeks ago, and he brought his kids along. It was good for him and it was also good for his teammates to see him. He’s slowly getting better, but he still has a long way to go.”

Savard was placed on long-term injury reserve last February after suffering his second concussion in less than a year. He returned home and came back to Boston to visit with his teammates prior to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“Marc is certainly watching closely and to be honest I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in Boston. Maybe I’ll put a little pressure on him to get back there,” added Julien. “He’s in our thoughts. What he’s going through is not an easy thing. We also realize, on our end of it, how good of a player he was when he was at his best. Our power play was always very good when he was on it. When you lose a player like that you certainly miss him, but we’ve done our best to fill the gaps. It’s gotten us here and now it’s up to us to finish the job.”

Bruins remain positive for Game 2

June, 4, 2011
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Boston Bruins did not hold a morning skate today in preparation for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals tonight at Rogers Arena.

The Vancouver Canucks lead the series 1-0. The Bruins have been in this situation twice before in the playoffs, and both times Boston responded.

“We’re going into tonight’s game with positive thoughts and positive feelings,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “This isn’t unknown territory for us. Having done it certainly gives you the confidence to play the type of game you need to play in order to win. We need to do that tonight and we certainly don’t want to go to Boston down two games. This is a game that we feel is an important one for our hockey club. We took two days to talk about it and now it’s time to show it.”

Video: A serious and focused Chara

June, 3, 2011
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was quite serious when dealing with the media after the team’s practice Friday afternoon at the University of British Columbia.

He was focused on his preparations for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday at Rogers Arena.

Chara discussed the importance of getting more traffic in front of Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo, and his new role on the PK: