Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 06/15/11 at 04:04 PM ET
Q. How does this compare with the gold medal final in terms of what you’ve talked about, this process, 82 games, and how this is a different stage? Can you compare them?
RYAN KESLER: It’s tough, you know, we played 82 games before we got in the playoffs, the Olympics were two weeks and it seemed to go by in the blink of an eye. The game itself, you know, has some similarities, but it’s tough to compare the two.
Q. Can you enjoy the moment? They were talking about trying to enjoy the day, but obviously you’re nervous, but just soaking it in?
RYAN KESLER: It’s all about enjoying the day. Every day you don’t wake up playin’ for the Cup, Game 7. You know, it’s awesome.
THE MODERATOR: Questions for Kevin Bieksa.
Q. Did you want to treat it like a normal game or did you want to treat it differently?
KEVIN BIEKSA: A bit of both. We realize obviously what’s at stake, which means you have to be focused every time you’re out. Every shift could determine the outcome of the game.
But at the same time, we’re playing the game of hockey so the rules are the same and the ice is the same and the pucks are the same. So you’ve got to go out and play. You can’t put too much pressure on yourself.
Q. Is there extra motivation knowing Mason won’t be in the lineup?
KEVIN BIEKSA: We obviously wish Mason was in the lineup right now, but I’ve said from the beginning, we don’t need extra motivation. The Stanley Cup is enough motivation for us. So we’re not looking for any extras to help us get to that peak motivation.
We’re in the Stanley Cup finals. We would like to win it for him and for everyone in this dressing room.
THE MODERATOR: Questions for Daniel Sedin.
Q. I don’t want to put words in your mouth, but it sounds like you said “We’re going to win Game 7”?
DANIEL SEDIN: You know, that was probably me being excited and the words came wrong out of my mouth. What I said was if we put our best game on the ice, I like our chances. That’s the way it’s been all year. When we play our best, we’re a tough team to beat. We show that at home.
We like our chances.
Q. Even if you had said that, that’s what you need to believe, right?
DANIEL SEDIN: Absolutely. If you don’t believe that in this room, we’re screwed. So everyone, we believe in ourselves here, and it’s no different now.
We should be proud of what we’ve done this year so far. Taking this to a Game 7, home ice advantage in the Stanley Cup finals, what else can you ask for?
We’re out to enjoy it and we’re going to play our best game of the season. I’m sure if we do that, we will have a good chance.
Q. You never know who the hero might be, someone is going to be a hero.
DANIEL SEDIN: That’s the best thing about it. We’re going to go out there and every shift is going to be important. Whatever you do out there is going to be for the good of the team, and that’s what’s fun about players.
Everything is on the line and you can be the hero any given moment, so it’s a lot of fun.
Q. Daniel, what does leadership mean today?
DANIEL SEDIN: I think you go out there and play your best. I think nothing needs to be said today. I think we’ve said enough throughout this year to be prepared. If you’re prepared enough, I think that’s what good leaders do. They show up every game during the regular season and in the playoffs and lead by examples.
So right now, nothing needs to be said, we go out and play our game. Like I said, if we play our game to our best, we like our chances.
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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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