VANCOUVER — For the most part, the Bruins today seemed like a relaxed, confident bunch as they congregated in the restaurant at their hotel on the morning of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, which will be played at Rogers Arena tonight.
“It’s an exciting feeling right now,” said forward Daniel Paille. “Obviously you come in this morning, it’s a great day. You realize that the season’s over tonight. For us, there’s no reason not to give everything we have.”
The excitement didn’t get to Bruins forward Milan Lucic, a Vancouver native with a chance to ruin his hometown team’s dreams.
“Actually I didn’t,” responded Lucic when asked about trouble sleeping last night. “You know regardless of where you’re playing this game, it is a big game but it’s at home so it kind of makes it extra special. But you know with all the travel and all of that, with it being such a long series, it has been pretty easy to get to bed early.”
Head coach Claude Julien is hoping his team channels its excitement for the big game in the correct manner when the puck drops at 8:05 p.m. EST.
“Lots of energy, energy so that we can focus on putting pucks in deep and forechecking and the physicality of our game, the fact that we need to get to the front of the net like we’ve done every time that we’ve had success,” he explained. “If we can do that again, offensively our game is going to be a lot better. I don’t have much complaints about our defensive game here in Vancouver but certainly our offensive game has got to be better today.”