Some final notes and quotes on the Bruins’ 8-1 victory over the Canucks tonight at the Garden. (Video above includes press conference excerpts from Bruins coach Claude Julien, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, and Canucks coach Alain Vigneault).
Claude Julien, on what the Bruins did differently to score eight goals tonight after scoring just twice in the first two games: “I’ve mentioned that throughout the whole playoffs since day one, whether you lose a game in overtime or you lose a game 10-0, it’s only a loss, in the loss column. So we won by a big score tonight, but it’s only a win, and we’re still down 2-1. That’s the way I’ve approached it. That’s the way I’ve seen it. What’s maybe encouraging is we had our issues on scoring on [Canucks goalie] Roberto Luongo. And tonight we managed to find a way to score a lot of goals on him. Certainly good confidence-wise, but I don’t think it’s any reason for us to think that all of a sudden things have turned around.”
Tim Thomas, on winning on team president Cam Neely’s 46th birthday, as well as the 25th anniversary of his trade from the Canucks to the Bruins: “Even though he’s not playing anymore, when he’s around the locker room, around the team, he has that intensity. He still wants to win. He still has that feeling. That spreads. Every once in a while you see the TV clips of him up in the box, how excited he gets when we win. I think the first time I remember that was a game against Montréal maybe not this season but maybe the season before or two seasons before, I don’t know. But I’ve seen it. He still has that hockey player little kid in him when we win. So I think that rubs off on us.”
Mark Recchi, on having Shawn Thornton back in the lineup in place of rookie Tyler Seguin: “I thought he was awesome tonight. He has a physical, veteran presence. He’s won a Cup before. He knows what it takes. He’s a great leader in the dressing room. He’s a big guy that can skate well. He gets in on the forecheck. He’s a presence, and that’s important. When you have a big, physical team on the other side like that, you know you got to match that. Thorty came in and played a heck of a game for us. It was nice to see. Obviously you suspect Seguin [will be] in with Horty out, and Seguin has his feet wet, now he can come out, he can come back in and step back in and be a force for us as well.”
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, on the Bruins scoring twice shorthanded while the usually potent Canucks went 0 for 8 on the power play: “What gave them momentum tonight was our power-play, or lack of it. You know, that’s been one of our biggest weapons all year long. It’s kept the opposition real honest against us, especially on the road, if you look at our percentage. Tonight obviously we weren’t good enough. I’m confident that this group will be good enough come next game.”
Roberto Luongo, on remaining in the game even though it was out of hand in the third period: “Well, Alain asked me with eight minutes left if I wanted to come out, and I said I wanted to stay in. I didn’t really want to leave the crease for no reason.”