BOSTON — You can always count on Shawn Thornton to go directly to the point.
“I don’t want to see it,” said the Bruins forward after his team’s morning skate today at TD Garden, where Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final will be played between Boston and Vancouver.
The “it” in this case is the aforementioned Stanley Cup, which will only emerge onto the ice if the Canucks prevail tonight.
“Obviously, I don’t know if we’re thinking about that right now,” said forward Daniel Paille. “That’s great that it’s going to be here, but it’s not here for us tonight, so I think our main focus is just to be ready and come out with the win and try to go out to Vancouver.”
While the Bruins want to prevent an appearance by the Cup, the Canucks obviously want it to come out. But they have to be sure to not get too far ahead of themselves. Considering they lost 12-1 in two previous Cup Final games played at the Garden, they know they have a tough task ahead.
“I think we all know that [the Cup will be here],” said Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin. “It’s going to be a long game. Nothing’s come easy for us in the playoffs and nothing’s going to come easy tonight. We know they’re not going to give up.”
For Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, the key is to not even mention what awaits his team is it proves victorious.
“We’re not going to talk about the Cup, we’re going to talk about the process and what we need to do on the ice to put our best game there,” he said. “If we do that, then usually the results take care of themselves. That’s been our whole mindset since day one of training camp, and it’s not going to change tonight.”
The only thing that will change is the postgame celebration, which would feature a highly anticipated guest. That guest is one the Bruins want to keep from having a coming-out party at least for another couple nights.
“You want to do everything in your power to make sure that happens,” said Milan Lucic. “Obviously we’re looking at this as a great opportunity, as our last home game, to win a big game here in front of our fans and if we can just focus on what we need to do in our preparation and how our start is, everything else tends to roll for us. We’ve just got to make sure we’re doing the right things to be prepared.”