Words of a different nature

At this stage of Stanley Cup finals, words take on completely different meaning

Updated: June 24, 2013, 5:17 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

BOSTON -- As the tunnel leading to the end of the Stanley Cup finals narrows, fewer words are spoken and those carefully chosen words become more and more predictable.

It is a rite of passage at this stage of the finals, the reliance on the cliché to deal with the media while players approach what are the final games of the final series, a championship in the offing.

The words may sound familiar because we've heard them all before, but each carries a special, often hidden meaning. ...

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