Cup finals: Home teams, Marchand's 'hand-washing' and, yes, the power play
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The home team is 4-0 in these Stanley Cup finals. Overall, the home team is 15-2 in the Cup finals dating back to 2009.
That's a daunting statistic for the Bruins.
"It's a best-out-of-three series with Vancouver having the home-ice advantage," Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said Thursday. "We know we have to win one here."
"It's pretty hard to play here," Bruins center Patrice Bergeron added. "The crowd is very loud and Vancouver is obviously going to look to bounce back, so we have to make sure we're bringing the same energy we had in Games 3 and 4. It's a huge game tomorrow."
The Canucks are focusing on that home cooking to change their fortunes.
"We're not happy with the two games, but it's 2-2," Canucks blueliner Alexander Edler said. "We're back home now and we've got to stay positive, look forward to the game tomorrow, and I know we all are and we are looking forward to that game and want to put our absolute best game out there."
Brad Marchand didn't make any friends with the Canucks with his hand gesture late in Game 4.
After one of the melees late in Boston's 4-0 win, Marchand skated past the Canucks' bench (with an official) and wiped his hands together in a I've-washed-my-hands-of-that type of gesture.
"That's something I shouldn't have done," Marchand told reporters Thursday. "It was a little childish. They were yelling at me from the bench, and that was just how I reacted. I kind of wish I didn't do it."
Bruins coach Claude Julien didn't appreciate one reporter asking him about the gesture during Thursday's media availability at Rogers Arena.
"I think we're really looking for things now, aren't we? Next [question]," he said.
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault wasn't getting into it, either.
"Last time my counterpart said we don't tolerate that in our team, they went out there and did it a couple times, so I won't go there," Vigneault said. "Let's just say boys will be boys, and at times it's emotional out there. You do things that are sometimes across the line, sometimes on the right side of the line. It's just hockey."
The power play ... again
The Canucks' power play is a brutal 1-for-22 in the Cup finals after humming along at better than 28 percent in the playoffs before this series. Credit the Bruins' always-excellent penalty kill.
"I think we've done a good job all playoffs with our PK and adjusting to the teams we've been playing against," Bergeron said.
Someone actually asked Bruins forward Rich Peverley on Thursday whether he believed his team had a "stranglehold" on the series.
"Well, I don't think we have a stranglehold on it; it's 2-2," he said. "We haven't won in this building yet, so we're going to come in and we're going to try and get one out of the next two if we have to play two here.
"I don't think we're too high," he added. "They've beaten us in this building, so we're coming in knowing the games have been different here. But we've played well at home, and hopefully we can carry that energy to tomorrow night."