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by pcoffey on 05/31/11 at 03:01 PM ET
Speaking to reporters before heading off to Vancouver for the start of the Stanley Cup Final, the Boston Bruins provided nothing that could be called bulletin board material to a media hanging on their every word.
“There is a lot of skill, there is a lot of speed,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said of the Canucks. “Their back end has a lot of versatility, and they love to carry the puck up the ice a lot. So, they are a pretty potent team and obviously, they thrive on their power play. So, we are going to have to be a physical team. But we are also going to have to be a very disciplined team.”
Drat! Where is the fun in that? But you don’t expect a coach to toss around brickbats unless it’s Ozzie Gullien.
“Obviously, they’re a Presidents’ Trophy winner, they’re a great hockey team, deep and well coached, and we’ll look at things we have to do,” said veteran Mark Recchi, who knows the drill. “Any key to your team’s success is how you play personally. I think we focus on what we do ourselves. Our coaching staff will give us their tendencies, and their coaching staff will give them our tendencies. It’s who’s going to want it more and who’s going to play to their abilities the best.”
Nope, nowhere was heard a discouraging word about the Canucks.
“Well, they are a great team, they have a lot of depth,” Patrice Bergeron told the Associated Press. “They are good on all positions and it’s going to be a tough series and we are aware of that. Obviously, we are going to have to take it a game at a time and we are going to have to concentrate on Wednesday right now.”
Not the “one game at a time” deal! Come on guys, nothing on the Sedin’s beards? Luongo’s mask? Anything?
Nope. Have to settle for Dennis Seidenberg breaking down ways to keep the twins quiet.
“You want to try to not be over-aggressive, because once you do that, they spin off of you and that’s what they want to try to accomplish, be one guy and then two on the next,” Seidenberg told the AP. “They’re really good at finding each other, with the give-and-gos, and the blind pass behind the back. So that’s a real challenge for us, to be aggressive but not be stupid about it. So, we have to be smart in our defensive play.”
Finally, Tim Thomas let us in on Boston’s evil plan.
“The goal is not to think too much,” Thomas said.
Or talk too much, either.
Phil Coffey has covered the NHL since 1981, most recently as the Senior Editorial Director of NHL.com. He spent over 11 years there.
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