Boudreau: "Heroes are made"
Bruce Boudreau nearly echoed the NHL's ad campaign for the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs during his penultimate pre-Game 7 talk. (Yes, he still has to talk to the media one more time, late this afternoon. Three times a day. Dude's gonna lose his voice.)
"I think either team would have loved to have won it earlier, but game 7 is what it is," Boudreau said. "It's an exciting part of hockey lore. Heroes are made and goats are talked about on TSN on the highlights for the next year. It's an exciting time if you're an athlete. This is the position you want to be in."
(Speaking of "History Will Be Made," the above clip highlights a play that happened one year ago this day. Maybe you remember it. As @JapersRink has noted, Wednesday night's referees -- Dan O'Halloran and Brad Watson -- are the same duo who worked that Game 7. And that was the day of Alex Semin's last playoff goal.)
"I think you're gonna see a great hockey game with both teams willing to do anything it takes to win," Boudreau continued. "Both teams are in a Game 7 in a hard-fought series where you've got one guy playing when he pulls his teeth out, other guys on Montreal playing definitely injured. That's what character is....
"We've played 10 games against 'em, and every game has been exactly the same way. The only surprise is is that the media makes it that because we ended up so far ahead of them, that there should be a surprise. It's no surprise to me or the group that's on the ice now."
Do you want some Game 7 cliches? By gum, I'll give you some.
"It's never about the talk, it's always about the actions," Mike Cammalleri said. "So this is it. One game to see who moves on."
"There's no ifs ands or buts about it," Matt Bradley told CSN's Ivan Carter. "It's either win or go home. We obviously don't want to go home."
"Obviously we've been in this situation before and we know what to expect," Mike Green said. "You never want to go to a Game 7, but it is what it is, and we've got to step up."
"You go to see a horror movie to be scared, and when you play a Game 7 you want to have that feeling of anxious and excited and nervous and enjoyment," Hal Gill said. "There's a lot of things that go on, but you want to feel those feelings. That's the fun part."
"You make a mistake and you're gonna lose," Boudreau added. "There's no tomorrow. All the clichés that you're gonna use. That's the thing you learn. You've got to do everything right tonight. Both teams have got to do everything right."
More on the Caps and Game 7:
Homer McFanboy goes through the long sad history of the Caps in Game 7:
No sense in sugar coating it. No reason to beat around the bush. When the season is on the line, history shows that the Capitals fail to get the job done more often than not.
Tom Boswell does the same, and he's seen virtually all of these games in person:
The Washington Capitals have faced the frightening prospect of failure -- and then failed spectacularly-- as often, as infamously, and usually as comically as any pro team in sports in the last 30 years.
But they have never had quite the chance to fail as badly as they do on Wednesday night at Verizon Center. Before you can avoid such a fate in sports, you have to acknowledge it and face it. You can't leave it standing behind you, tapping you on the shoulder."
The Good Old Hockey Blog offers a pep talk for fans:
I've been to World Series games, NCAA Final Four and championship games, NBA playoff games, Stanley Cup finals games and numerous other championship events at the collegiate and professional levels. I've never been in a building as tense as Verizon Center. That cannot be the case tonight.
Tonight, the Caps need to feel the love. They need to feel supported through thick and thin. They need to be able to see that the future is bright and the sun will come up tomorrow. They need it to be made clear to them how much we love them and that we will be there tomorrow, next week, next year, in five years and in 10 years no matter what happens tonight.
And a Philly hockey blog starts selling Caps bandwagon t-shirts.
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