Sedin says simply, ‘We’re going to win’
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The 2011 Stanley Cup Final has provided a heavy assortment of headlines, and the often reserved Daniel Sedin offered one more following Monday night’s Game 6 loss in Boston.
Moments after his Canucks lost, 5-2, forcing a decisive Game 7, the NHL’s leading scorer in the regular season boldly predicted the Canucks would take the Cup tonight.
“We’re going to win Game 7,’’ said Sedin.
Sedin’s telepathic powers with the puck, along with those of his twin brother Henrik, have been subdued in this series, replaced by frustration and angst.
The forwards combined for 198 points in the regular season but have produced only 5 in this series.
Neither Sedin was made available to the media yesterday.
But the Canucks seem to think the secret recipe to winning Game 7 includes a lot of what the Bruins have done at TD Garden.
“I just think we need to keep doing what we did at home the last three games,’’ said Ryan Kesler. “Impose our will on them. Both teams really want this, obviously, but we’ll have to be the harder-working team.’’
Legendary status? Speaking of Kesler, he has been held to just a single point in this series.
He isn’t alone.
Goals have been tough to come by for the high-octane offense of the Canucks.
Yesterday, Kesler faced the music.
“I think [Tim] Thomas has something to do with it,’’ he said. “Obviously, we’re playing a team that didn’t get here by chance. They’re a very good team . . . and for us, we just need to keep getting shots.
“You want to score, you want to help the team win, but tomorrow’s all that matters. If we win tomorrow, we become legends and I don’t think anybody worries that I had 1 point in six games.’’
Torres weighs in The third line of Maxim Lapierre, Jannik Hansen, and Raffi Torres has arguably been Vancouver’s best combination throughout this series. They’ve delivered some crushing body checks, gotten under the skin of some Bruins, and scored some timely goals.
Torres has been in this situation before. He was part of the Oilers team in 2006 that lost Game 7 of the Final to the Hurricanes.
Known for dishing out thunderous hits — some clean, some on the edge — Torres took the more intellectual route and handed down some words of wisdom yesterday.
“This is a great opportunity for us,’’ he said. “I think the main thing that I stress in the room is just to leave it all out there. It’s a chance to bring a Cup here to Vancouver, and at the end of the day, you don’t want any regrets out there.’’
History in the making The last time a Vancouver-based hockey team won the Stanley Cup was 1915. To understand how long ago that was, the team was called the Millionaires, the NHL didn’t exist, and Fenway Park wasn’t 3 years old. The Bruins, on the other hand, have won five NHL championships, the last in 1972. No pressure? “This is the best time of the year,’’ said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault. “I know we’re looking forward to the opportunity tomorrow. It’s an honor to be able to play in the seventh game in the Stanley Cup Final, and everybody that’s available is going to play it 100 percent.’’