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Milan Lucic, Steven Stamkos, Mark Recchi and Dwayne Roloson talk about playing in game 7 tonight.

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Coach Julien & Coach Boucher Q & A This Morning

COACH CLAUDE JULIEN

Q.  You’ve been in Game 7s before but not at this stage with these kind of stakes.  Do you have to do anything to talk to your guys about emotions and keeping everything in check and under control?

COACH JULIEN:  I think Game 7 is Game 7 whether it’s first or third round.  There’s an opportunity here to move on to the next round.  That to me is what Game 7 represents, no matter where you are in the Playoffs.

Our guys just have to enjoy this whole process here.  As I mentioned yesterday, there’s 27 teams right now that would love to have the opportunity that we have in the Playoffs right now.  This is one of those days where I think if you don’t enjoy the moment, you’re wasting a pretty precious day.  And you take advantage of it today, you get ready, you get excited about it.  You come out tonight and you leave it all out on the ice.  Simple as that.  Anything less than that, it’s a waste of a day.

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Will The Best Goalie Win?

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

People like to joke that a game with poor goaltending could be decided by the last shot on goal.

When it comes to Friday’s huge Game 7 between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning, that literally could be the case. It’s not that either Boston’s Tim Thomas or Tampa Bay’s Dwayne Roloson isn’t capable of stealing the show by tossing a shutout, but based on their uneven play in the Eastern Conference final, what is the likelihood of that happening?

Thomas gave up five goals in each of the first two games at home, winning one and losing the other, but was on his game in Game 5 when he allowed just one goal. Roloson, meanwhile, has performed miserably in three of his last four starts and was even sat out a game, giving way to backup Mike Smith for Game 5. There are some who have wondered aloud if Tampa Bay shouldn’t roll the dice on Smith again in the decisive game.

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Just Another Elimination Game

from John Romano of the St. Petersburg Times,

Welcome to the Rapture, Part V.

For 34 days, we have been bracing for hockey’s version of the end times in Tampa Bay. Not just some vague notion of all-good-things-must-end, but actual 60-minute showdowns with the entire season on the line.

Three times, the Lightning fended off elimination against the Penguins in the opening round. Once more, the Bolts survived do-or-die against Boston in Game 6 Wednesday.

And now comes a fifth trip to the precipice and a chance to make hockey history if the Lightning remains standing by night’s end.

No team in modern NHL history has ever made it to the Stanley Cup final after facing five or more elimination games. A few have come close. Several have actually won more than five elimination games in a single postseason, and a few others played their fifth elimination game after reaching the final.

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You Could Say A Game 7 Was Expected

from Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe,

Somewhere in Greater Boston, there is a bunch of guys who are thinking the following: “That place we’re going for the rehearsal dinner had better have a TV!’’

You know who you are, and that goes for the bride in question, although in fairness to her, it’s almost impossible to pick a wedding date that doesn’t interfere with some sporting event of consequence.

OK, when the Stanley Cup playoffs began April 13, no one knew for sure there would be a Game 7 on May 27. But when this Bruins-Lightning series began, the idea that it would come down to a Game 7 was a reasonable supposition.

Start with this: Each team had 103 regular-season points. The Bruins received the third seed as a division winner, but fourth-seeded Pittsburgh had more points than either of these clubs. Their seeding means the Bruins get to play Game 7 in TD Garden, but it hardly testifies to them being a better team.

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What Do You Know, Someone Complaining About The SCF Schedule

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

It made for funny quotes when, a few minutes after finishing off the San Jose Sharks in five games, Alex Burrows hoped the Tampa-Boston series would go seven, with quadruple-overtime in each of the last two.

But he didn’t really mean it.

What the feisty Canucks winger meant to say was: “It doesn’t really matter to us, because the winner of that series, even if it goes seven, will get five days off to rest and recharge. And that’s only fair. We have no desire to play a tired team for the Stanley Cup, and ask no reward for our efficiency.”

Thanks, Alex.

Happily for all, NBC agreed, so when it released the schedule for the best-of-seven Cup final on Thursday -preempting the NHL on its own announcement, which just shows you who wears the pants in that relationship -it was with a five-day lead-in, a June 1 start, and two extra off-days, mid-series.

One game, No. 2, is on a weekend. Stuff that in your pipe, Hockey Night in Canada

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Thomas Needs To Be At The Top Of His Game

from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot,

Tim Thomas’s importance to the Boston Bruins cannot be understated. It has been proved time and again that if he is not standing on his head in the nets, the Bruins will probably lose.

More evidence in support of that statement came in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 5-4 victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday, when Thomas stopped just 21 shots. In fairness to him, three Lightning goals came on power plays, but still, he was ordinary at best.

He will have to be better than ordinary on Friday night in Game 7 at TD Garden. Thomas’s Lightning counterpart, Dwayne Roloson, has an impeccable career record in elimination games — he has been the winning goalie in all seven he has played.

Boston Coach Claude Julien would not say it, but the Bruins are entirely dependent on Thomas’s often amazing goalkeeping. For Thomas, however, that is proving harder to conjure against Tampa Bay.

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No Suspension Expected for Bruins’ Horton

From Damian Cristodero at Lightning Strikes:

An incident after the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 5-4 victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final likely will not cause Bruins forward Nathan Horton nor the Lightning to be disciplined, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an e-mail to the St. Petersburg Times.

“Based on what I know now, I don’t expect any action of any kind,” Daly wrote Thursday.

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Also, video and more previously posted at Beasts of the Southeast

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Boston Bruins Quotes Today

Quotables from the Boston Bruins—Coach Claude Julien, Zdeno Chara, Gregory Campbell, Patrice Bergeron, Chris Kelly and David Krejci.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN

On how the Bruins are feeling heading into tomorrow’s game…
I don’t think we’re deterred. We’ve got a Game 7, it’s at home, and we’re one game away from going to the Stanley Cup Finals, and the opportunity’s in front of us. So, why shouldn’t we be excited? This is what playoffs is all about. I guess if you had told us at the beginning of the year that we had to win one game to go to the Stanley Cup Finals, we would be excited about it, and that’s where we’re at right now.

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Stanley Cup Final Schedule—Official

New York—The National Hockey League announced today the schedule for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final between the Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks and the eventual Eastern Conference champion.  The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning are tied 3-3 in the Eastern Conference Final.  Game 7 is Friday at 8 p.m. (VERSUS, CBC, RDS) at TD Garden in Boston to determine which team will face the Canucks for the Stanley Cup.

Based on their superior regular-season performance, the Canucks will host Games One and Two of the Stanley Cup Final, as well as Games Five and Seven, if necessary.  Games Three and Four will be hosted by the Eastern Conference champion, as well as game Six, if necessary.

NBC will telecast Games One and Two and, if necessary, Games Five through Seven of the best-of-seven series in the U.S., while VERSUS will broadcast Games Three and Four. In Canada, CBC and RDS will provide coverage for the entire series. All games also will be carried on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

Schedule:

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