That’s what they battled all season to win the Presidents’ Trophy for, and they’re not about to relinquish that home-ice advantage. So the Bruins have to find a way to break the trend tonight in Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final at the Rogers Arena.
“You want to start a series on the right foot and get the first win,” said Vancouver forward Alex Burrows this morning. “We’ve had home-ice advantage throughout these playoffs and now we’d like to feed off our crowd, feed off that energy. But at the same time we’ve got to focus on what we’ve got to do to be successful in order to get the result we’re looking for.”
The Canucks have outscored their opponents, 6-2, in their Game 1 victories. They’re 7-3 on home ice throughout the playoffs.
The Bruins, meanwhile, are just 1-2 in Game 1.
“I think it’s a really big game. It means you’re, apart from being up 1-0, it gives you confidence,” said Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin. “It shows you can play against the other team and you don’t really have to change a lot of things. You’re up 1-0 and the next game they’re going to have to make adjustments to beat you. So that’s an advantage for sure.”
However, in typical coach-speak, Canucks bench boss Alain Vigneault doesn’t want to put too much emphasis on one game and how it affects the rest of a series.
“Other than you’re three games away from winning that series, it’s one game,” he said. “Our philosophy – and you’ve heard me say this I don’t know how many times this year – has been one game at a time. We get ready for that game, we play it, we analyze it and make the adjustments we need to move on. That’s what we’re going to do tonight and after that we’re going to get ready for Game 2.”