Phil Esposito named Whalers coach; Bruins’ morning skate

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Did you see this big news about Phil Esposito? I’m just the messenger.

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An interview with:

MICHAEL RYDER, MILAN LUCIC, DAVID KREJCI
THE MODERATOR:  Questions, please.

Q.  Guys, talk to what Andrew Ference meant to this team as far as leadership and stability back there and the things he brings to the game?
MILAN LUCIC:  He’s been great, he’s a great team guy, he is a lot of fun.  Since I’ve been here and since he’s been here I think this is the first year that he’s been healthy and it’s shown how effective he can be as a player.  When he is healthy, he’s been a big part of our team, really, since the start of the year.
MICHAEL RYDER:  At first when I got here, I didn’t know Andy that much, and I got to know him, and like Milan said, he’s been through injuries and stuff like that, and it’s been tough.  This year he’s been one of our key players to our team, and in the playoffs, he’s really stepped up, playing a physical part.  Even though he’s not the biggest guy out there, he plays hard and gets in players’ faces and seems to make the right play all the time. He’s one of the reasons why we’re here.

Q.  Milan, the importance of scoring first in this hockey game tonight, seems like obviously Game 1 doesn’t matter because Torres scored late, but whoever scores first seems to be able to dictate the pace that they want in a hockey game?
MILAN LUCIC:  A lot of people talk about the “come back” year it’s been in the playoffs, because a lot of teams have come back.  But in this series, the first goal has been huge and it seems like it’s been a big one, especially like you said, forgetting that first goal in Game 1, and also in Game 2.
For us, getting the first goals back home, you know, we’ve been able to gain momentum off it and so have they.
I think, you know, our record speaks for itself and when we score the first goal.  I’m not sure what their record is, but I’m sure it’s good, too, when they score the first goal.  So it’s going to be key definitely tonight.  Whoever is more prepared and ready to play is going to get that first one.

Q.  Brad Marchand has been quite a factor in this series, and he has agitating skills and scoring.  I know you get to play against him in practice, but what do you think it would be like to play against him?
MILAN LUCIC:  I played against him in the Memorial Cup in 2006, and it was the same thing, wanted to kill him.  He’s always been a big game player and a big team player.  I think that’s why, as a teammate of his, you appreciate having him on your team because no matter what, you know, he does what he does.  But he’s always got his teammates’ back and I think that’s why we appreciate him on this team.

Q.  Milan, how do you think you will be received tonight by the hometown crowd?
MILAN LUCIC:  Obviously it’s a big game.  We talked about Game 3 and Game 4 being big games for us and as the series goes along, every game gets bigger and bigger.  You know, you can’t control what the fans do or what they say or how they cheer.  We just know that they’re going to be loud.        We just want to focus on ourselves and what we need to do in order to play our game and be successful.

Q.  Brad Marchand has called himself “rat,” has given himself that nickname.  Do you guys have a nickname for Brad?
DAVID KREJCI:  Next question please!  (Laughter.)

Q.  Michael, and Luc, talk about the balance maybe of the emotional energy versus the tactical approach to tonight.  What weighs on your minds more, what you feel is maybe more important at this stage in the game.
MICHAEL RYDER:  Well, you know, it’s definitely going to be emotional out there, you know.  When we show a lot of emotion in our game, we play well, but we have to keep it under control.
Tonight the fans are going to be behind the Canucks and they’re going to be loud.  I think they’re going to come out hard and try and set the pace early.  For us we can’t panic.  We have to keep everything intact and do what we do in Boston.  And even though our fans aren’t going to be behind us, it’s the matter of us having that same mind frame and playing our game and not getting off track.
MILAN LUCIC:  We talk about it a lot, especially against this team.  I know you guys as media have been giving them a hard time about their power play, but it still is a weapon for them and we don’t want to get ourselves in trouble by taking too much penalties.

Q.  The forechecking game and the puck support established especially in that fourth game, how critical was that to helping you guys establish your game?
MILAN LUCIC:  It’s a big part of our success.  It’s been a big part of our success, not just this year, but in previous years.  We got to be smart with our forecheck, we’ve got to be able to execute our forecheck, and it all starts with good defense and good breakouts.  Because you’ve got to be able to get out of your own zone in order to be able to play in the offensive zone.

Q.  Luongo has struggled.  Are you going to try to pepper him with extra pucks and maybe give up the extra pass?
DAVID KREJCI:  Obviously we want to score the first goal and we don’t want to pass up any shots, so if we get a shot, we got to take it.

Q.  Milan, a lot was made before the series about you coming home and dealing with that.  Now that you’ve done it and coming back, have you had any obstacles that you’ve had to overcome?
MILAN LUCIC:  It’s gotten easier more and more you come back.  Obviously, when you come back, everyone wants to see you and come to the game and whatnot.  It’s funny, I only had to get one ticket for tonight, and that’s sort of nice.  For myself, you know, just emotionally, like I talked about, it gets easier to play at home the more and more you’re able to play here.
THE MODERATOR:  Thank you, guys.

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  1. If I was married to Elin Woods I sure wouldn’t be out bimbo hunting. Unless, maybe she’s the type that doesn’t shut up during a game. You know the type.

    Honey?
    What?
    Who’s playing?
    Canucks and Bruins.
    What’s the score?
    3-2.
    Who’s ahead?
    The team with 3.
    Could you take out the garbage?
    When it’s between periods.
    When will that be? It needs to go out now.
    There’s 6 minutes left in the period.
    But, it needs to go out now.
    I’ll do it after this period.
    Then will you come kill this spider?
    BLAM!!
    Oops. Missed the spider.

  2. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 107 years old, holder of 4LLPs!!) on

    Go Nucks GO!!

  3. this is why sports is so great.

    last night it was about lebron trying to exercise the demons tonite its on the canucks and luongo.

    luongo and the sedins need to come up with an effort.

    win or lose i give the nucks ZERO SHOT IN GAME 6

  4. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 107 years old, holder of 4LLPs!!) on

    latona?

  5. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 107 years old, holder of 4 LLPs!!) on

    sally?

  6. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 107 years old, holder of 4 LLPs!!) on

    grabby?

  7. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 107 years old, holder of 4 LLPs!!) on

    eddie x 3?

  8. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 107 years old, holder of 4 LLPs!!) on

    zzzzzzz?

  9. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 107 years old, holder of 4 LLPs!!) on

    orr
    who was the celeb that had nudies leaked recently?

  10. where bill patrick or my boy liam mcgugh who i went to school with. these are the regulars

  11. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 107 years old, holder of 4 LLPs!!) on

    Orr
    thanks, the mrs was asking and I couldn’t remember!

  12. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 107 years old, holder of 4 LLPs!!) on

    orr
    thanks x 2

  13. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 107 years old, holder of 4 LLPs!!) on

    I’d trade for patrice cormier

  14. Grabby(30, male, cancer, whig party, iowa) on

    carped, by 2 hoursfrom prvious post!!!

    latona, my bad on ssuming you were a chick. your name sounds like it would be a girls name. but u can be someone else besides daria. gym teacher mr buzzcut?? linda is lolita, and sally is tanqueray

  15. Grabby(30, male, cancer, whig party, iowa) on

    th same patrice cormier who is a headhunter??? why wicy? hes a punk isnt he?

  16. Grabby(30, male, cancer, whig party, iowa) on

    nice turban that guys wearing holdig teh canadian flag

  17. Grabby(30, male, cancer, whig party, iowa) on

    i guess all that momentum from game 4 didnt translate over to game 5.

  18. Grabby(30, male, cancer, whig party, iowa) on

    im about to drnk big tall glass of vodka and five alive where i’ll be spirited away into the world of pitchforks and forearm shivers

  19. Grabby(30, male, cancer, whig party, iowa) on

    but i love maple on top of silver dollar pancakes! or blueberry

  20. JimboWoodside on

    OK, Grabby – but don’t go out driving after that cocktail! Be careful of those pitchforks, too!

  21. JimboWoodside on

    Never had boysenberry – love blueberry though – with real maple syrup, no phoney stuff.

  22. Grabby(30, male, cancer, whig party, iowa) on

    8-3 shot bruins. well, they did get two peepees, but cmon nuggs, get som sots!

  23. how if your the nucks do you have 3 shots on goal and take 3 pen after what happened in boston.

    this team is so done. look defeated already

  24. JimboWoodside on

    It will all work out in the Canucks favor if the B’s can’t score again – sooner or later the zebras will start evening things up…

  25. Grabby(30, male, cancer, whig party, iowa) on

    eric, theyre not payin bad. theyre hitting like crazy, they had 3 great chances n their 3 shots. some were blocked but thepenalkties are from inexperience and nerves

  26. Grabby(30, male, cancer, whig party, iowa) on

    obviously they are overzealous playing at home andthe crowd can put too much pressure on them. they come out of this period even they will be fine and win this

  27. Grabby(30, male, cancer, whig party, iowa) on

    luongo is great huh. good job on sticking ith him instead of shnieder. cuz if they lose with schnieder, the game6 just put both goalies in the pressure cooler

  28. Grabby(30, male, cancer, whig party, iowa) on

    cooker. ok, thats my cue to stfu. im gonna enjot my five alve and vodka. till when i see straight heads!!@

  29. Grabby(30, male, cancer, whig party, iowa) on

    bruins do look better though at thispoint. nuggs are gonna have to nut up or shut up! cmon sedins. gt mean!

  30. Grabby(30, male, cancer, whig party, iowa) on

    thank God jimo. i thought it was the bonehead armageddon

  31. Grabby(30, male, cancer, whig party, iowa) on

    did u see how burrows wrapped his leg around lucic’s stick and then falls down?? thats hysterical man! what a fairy

  32. JimboWoodside on

    No armageddon yet, Grabby! Yes, I saw that, and so did the refs – and they didn’t like it at all!

  33. JimboWoodside on

    Ya know, Blogmama was talking about a get-together at Warren 77 tonight – maybe that’s where all the local boneheads are at tonight!?

  34. the nucks cant play 5 on 5 vs the bruins. so one sided. throw in the fact there pp is 1 for 24 they may never score

  35. JimboWoodside on

    Refs are letting a lot more rough stuff happen around the net than they do during the regular season…

  36. HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOOOOO ‘NUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! F@(k BOSTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AHA AHA I LIKE IT AHA AHA I LIKE IT! ;)

  37. JimboWoodside on

    3CP, that event is usually packed to the gills every year – have you ever been there before?

    As I said before, if she could read my mind, she would be smacking the crap out of me!

  38. JimboWoodside on

    Bah!! Can’t win if you don’t score – nowhere near enough pressure put on Luongo tonight.

  39. Grabby(30, male, cancer, whig party, iowa) on

    boston lose. we losers. we smell bad. we dont win cup anymore. loser loser bruins are losers. no chicken dinner for you! sardines and kidney beans!!

  40. JimboWoodside on

    Oh, OK, 3CP – I see your strategy – maybe it will work. I’ve read about that event for the last few years, but the crowds always are so big that they run out of food kinda early…

  41. NYR_FAN says "Richards is not the answer." on

    Haha!! Grabby getting into it tonight!! I like it! Good stuff, man!

  42. Grabby(30, male, cancer, whig party, iowa) on

    im home jimbo. i got hurt t work. cant work. cant wqalk good either. gonna take some time off and get smashed!!

  43. Grabby(30, male, cancer, whig party, iowa) on

    if world ends 2012 why shouldnt we get richards? we might wi a cup befopre the earth explodes

  44. Grabby(30, male, cancer, whig party, iowa) on

    lets trade stepan for the rights to have lunch with richads and sundins agents sudin too!

  45. NYR_FAN says "Richards is not the answer." on

    You’re right Grabby…Richards is the answer in that case!!! Absolutely!!

  46. Grabby(30, male, cancer, whig party, iowa) on

    BOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (hits floor, passes out in own drool)

  47. Latona (whatever you want me to be, it seems) on

    Grabby,

    No need to apologize. My username is my last name, that’s why it sounds feminine.

  48. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 107, holder of 4 LLPs!!) on

    wOW! Just got off work and dvr’d game is on (even though I know the result, woo hoo go nucks go) I have to watch it.

    Edler was hitting everything in sight in the first period…he hadn’t done that since the hawks series (sorry olga).

    grabby
    bro, sorry about the injury. You were hilarious tonight and yep, that cormier!

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