The countdown to game one of the Stanley Cup Final is down to just two days, after what felt like an eternity off for the Boston Bruins. Here’s some notable sound from their practice at TD Garden on Saturday.
What makes this team so special?
Brandon Carlo: “Just the chemistry between the guys. Everybody loves one another. I think that’s a strong word, but overall it’s true. This group is all about playing for each other, hanging out off the ice, everything. From top to bottom whether you’re 42 years old to 20 years old, the chemistry with this group just mixes really well. It correlates onto the ice.”
Charlie Coyle: “Everyone just gets along so great. It starts with the leadership and how they set the standard here and set the tone right away and everyone follows suit. Everyone has a team-first attitude, which is huge. Everyone is having fun doing it, it makes the time here more enjoyable. Being with your buddies and playing for each other, that’s huge.”
What’s it like playing for the city of Boston?
Charlie McAvoy: “That’s exciting, no question. We have tremendous fans and they’re feeling it right now and we couldn’t be happier to be where we are right now and play in front of these guys. That being said, we haven’t achieved anything yet. We know we’ve gotten here and we’ve earned that, but we still have another goal in mind.”
Brandon Carlo: “I think a lot of people start to watch during this time and pay attention a little bit more. It’s pretty cool to see the support around the city. I feel like this is the best sports city in the world, so I’m happy to be a part of it.”
David Krejci missing practice with illness
Bruce Cassidy: “Precautionary. I suspect we’ll see him tomorrow. That is the plan. If he’s not out tomorrow, now there’s a little bit of worry there. But right now, I believe he’ll be practicing tomorrow. Obviously we’d like to have him out there. We’re going through some things, special teams with his group, certain tendencies with St. Louis that we’re trying to defend against or try to exploit on the offensive side of things. He’ll miss that. But at the end of the day, he’s been around for a long time, very cerebral player, so that part of it I’m not concerned about. He can pick things up in a hurry. It’s more about when you miss two, three days, do you have your legs? Do you have your stamina? Just missing this bit of time you lose a bit of that getting back to the grind. He’ll have to catch up quickly.”