Bruins: Vancouver Canucks

Video: Horton talks on Media Day

June, 15, 2011
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- As I was cleaning out some files on my Kodak video camera in order to have some room for postgame, I found this one from NHL Media Day prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Bruins forward Nathan Horton, who suffered a season-ending severe concussion in Game 3 of this series, has traveled with his teammates and will be in the locker room for Game 7. He has served as an inspiration and motivational factor for the Bruins and their fans. Here’s what he had to say on Media Day:

Krejci: 'Hearts on the line'

June, 13, 2011
BOSTON -- The pregame meals and game-day naps are all done and players from both the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks are arriving at TD Garden as puck drop on Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final is about three hours away.

The Cup will be in the building tonight since the Canucks hold a 3-2 series lead, but the Bruins say there’s still plenty of hockey to be played. Either way, today will be the last game at the Garden.

“It doesn’t feel like the last game of the season,” said Bruins forward David Krejci. “We have to go out there and play as hard as we can and get a win.”

Krejci, who needs to bring his best game of the playoffs, wouldn’t guarantee a Bruins victory, but came pretty close.

“I can guarantee we’re going to play as hard as we can,” he said. “We’re going to put our hearts on the line. This is the biggest game, for most of us, in our career. It’s going to be a battle and we know that. We’re not going to back down.”

Krejci also said he’s not expecting any motivational pregame speeches from anyone because every player should know what is at stake.

“I don’t want anybody to talk,” he said. “I just want everybody to keep [their routine]. We always have a little talk, but we don’t need anything more than that. We don’t want guys nervous. Everybody should do the same thing they do all the time.”

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:

Video: Julien focused on his players

June, 10, 2011
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Boston Bruins have toasted Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo for 12 goals in the last two games.

Even though he allowed eight goals in Game 3 at Boston, Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault decided to keep his netminder in the game rather than giving him the hook (at Luongo’s request). Luongo was pulled in the middle of Game 4, but Vigneault made it clear that Luongo is his starting goaltender this series.

“You can bet on that, yep,” he said.

To Bruins coach Claude Julien, it doesn’t matter who is between the pipes for the opponent:

Home-ice mentality on the road

June, 10, 2011
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Boston Bruins totally took advantage of home ice during Games 3 and 4 at TD Garden, winning both games to even the Stanley Cup finals against the Vancouver Canucks at two games apiece.

With Game 5 back at Rogers Arena, the Bruins need to keep that home-ice mindset if they want to gain their first lead in this series.

“I think you have to maybe pretend like we’re playing at home,” said Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin. “Maybe go out tonight and block everything out and just play our game, carry on like we’ve done the last two games and stay consistent with that. I think if we do that for the full 60 tonight, hopefully it works for us.”

A key for that success will be the continued aggressive forecheck that has been a consistent factor for the Bruins.

“It’s a big part of our success,” said Bruins forward Milan Lucic. “It’s been a big part of our success, not just this year, but in previous years. We've got to be smart with our forecheck, we’ve got to be able to execute our forecheck, and it all starts with good defense and good breakouts. Because you’ve got to be able to get out of your own zone in order to be able to play in the offensive zone.”

Video: B's need quick start in Game 5

June, 10, 2011
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- How important is Game 5 of the Stanley Cups final between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks?

Considering this: Of the 21 previous Cup final series tied at 2-2, the team winning Game 5 has gone on to win the Stanley Cup 15 times.

The Bruins want to return to Boston for Game 6 with a chance to hoist the Cup for the first time since 1972 -- and do it on home ice, no less. The Canucks know it can’t allow the Bruins that chance.

The Bruins did not skate Friday at Rogers Arena due to the early puck drop here (5:20 p.m.). Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk talked this afternoon about the importance of gaining momentum early and scoring that first goal. He also talked about his defensive partner Andrew Ference:

Icy hot

June, 8, 2011
BOSTON -- With temperatures outside TD Garden expected to reach the 90s, the Boston Bruins and the NHL are doing everything they can to keep the ice surface up to par despite the hot and humid conditions.

In fact, the Bruins brought in a dehumidifier for the Eastern Conference finals in order to keep the building dry. The players did not complain about the ice in Game 3 of the Cup final, but it could be a different story for Game 4.

Both teams held game-day skates Wednesday morning here and so far, so good.

“It was OK,” said Bruins forward Rich Peverley. “Obviously, pucks are going to bounce in any rink this time of the year. You have to be sharp and crisp with your passes.”

Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk said the ice in Game 3 was decent, but is ready for it to be a challenge in Game 4.

“Today, I can probably imagine it’s going to be, well, not so good,” he said. “In the last 10 minutes of each period you’re probably going to see a lot of bouncing pucks. You’ve got to make sure to keep it simple, play it smart and play it defensively because if there’s a puck coming at you and it’s bouncing, you better be backing up because at any moment it can bounce and they could get a good scoring chance.”

Bruins coach Claude Julien had the best line of the day when asked about the ice condition.

“I was flying. I don’t know if you guys noticed,” he said with a laugh. “For my standards anyway. It looked really good. It was very good. They made some adjustments to this building and I think it’s been some great adjustments. The guys were pleased with it last game as well.”

Julien: 'Win the Stanley Cup' for Nathan

June, 8, 2011
BOSTON -- If you’re wondering whether or not Nathan Horton will be in the building for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final Wednesday night at TD Garden, it’s unlikely the concussed Boston Bruins forward will be here.

Horton suffered a season-ending concussion during Game 3 Monday at the Garden when he was on the receiving end of a late hit by the Canucks’ Aaron Rome, who was subsequently suspended for the remainder of the series.

“I don’t know,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien when asked if Horton would be around the team. “He’s obviously had a severe concussion. Most of the time we let those guys stay back, get their rest and get better before we even allow them to come to the rink. Being around a bunch of people is not the best thing for someone with a concussion.”

Following Boston’s 8-1 win in Game 3, Horton’s teammates hung the old ceremonial Bruins jacket, which is given to the team MVP each game, in his vacant stall. It remains there today.

“He’s not forgotten,” Julien said. “On the other hand, I don’t think you have to focus on what’s happened more than what needs to happen here in the next game. We desperately need a win to get ourselves back in this series. That’s where our focus is.

“It’s certainly not going to be about looking for revenge. Justice has been served, so there no other reason to look for me. If we really want to make Nathan happy, we know what we have to do to make him happy, and that’s to win the Stanley Cup.”

Horton’s teammates agree.

“We did a good job the last game of putting it behind us. Obviously, our thoughts are with him and it makes you want to win it for him,” said Bruins forward Rich Peverley. “But you want to win it for everyone else in this room, too.”

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: