During his pregame availability today at Rogers Arena, Canucks forward Daniel Sedin clarified the “We will win Game 7” remark he made after the Canucks lost Game 6 in Boston on Monday.
“You know, that was probably me being excited and the words came wrong out of my mouth,” he said. “What I said was if we put our best game on the ice, I like our chances. That’s the way it’s been all year. When we play our best, we’re a tough team to beat. We show that at home. We like our chances.”
Sedin and teammates Ryan Kesler and Kevin Bieksa commented on other aspects of tonight’s game as well. Their Q&A was provided by the NHL’s media relations staff.
Q. Even if you had said that, that’s what you need to believe, right?
DS: Absolutely. If you don’t believe that in this room, we’re screwed. So everyone, we believe in ourselves here, and it’s no different now. We should be proud of what we’ve done this year so far. Taking this to a Game 7, home ice advantage in the Stanley Cup finals, what else can you ask for? We’re out to enjoy it and we’re going to play our best game of the season. I’m sure if we do that, we will have a good chance.
Q. You never know who the hero might be, someone is going to be a hero.
DS: That’s the best thing about it. We’re going to go out there and every shift is going to be important. Whatever you do out there is going to be for the good of the team, and that’s what’s fun about players. Everything is on the line and you can be the hero any given moment, so it’s a lot of fun.
Q. How does this compare with the (Olympic) gold medal final in terms of what you’ve talked about, this process, 82 games, and how this is a different stage? Can you compare them?
RK: It’s tough, you know, we played 82 games before we got in the playoffs, the Olympics were two weeks and it seemed to go by in the blink of an eye. The game itself, you know, has some similarities, but it’s tough to compare the two.
Q. Can you enjoy the moment? They were talking about trying to enjoy the day, but obviously you’re nervous, but just soaking it in?
RK: It’s all about enjoying the day. Every day you don’t wake up playin’ for the Cup, Game 7. You know, it’s awesome.
Q. Did you want to treat it like a normal game or did you want to treat it differently?
KB: A bit of both. We realize obviously what’s at stake, which means you have to be focused every time you’re out. Every shift could determine the outcome of the game. But at the same time, we’re playing the game of hockey so the rules are the same and the ice is the same and the pucks are the same. So you’ve got to go out and play. You can’t put too much pressure on yourself.
Q. Is there extra motivation knowing Mason won’t be in the lineup?
KB: We obviously wish Mason was in the lineup right now, but I’ve said from the beginning, we don’t need extra motivation. The Stanley Cup is enough motivation for us. So we’re not looking for any extras to help us get to that peak motivation. We’re in the Stanley Cup finals. We would like to win it for him and for everyone in this dressing room.