|Andy Brickley on D&C: ‘I don’t like the way [Canucks] play the game’||06.13.11 at 9:42 am ET|
NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley called in to the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the Stanley Cup finals and Game 6. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Brickley said that despite Vancouver’s home-ice domination during the Stanley Cup finals, the Canucks certainly aren’t going to sit back Monday night and wait to play Game 7 back home.
“They want to end this thing tonight, because anything can happen in Game 7,” Brickley said. “And you don’t know how you are going to come out of Game 6 in terms of your health.”
The Bruins, meanwhile, must counter with the determination to prevent the Canucks from celebrating on their ice.
“Not in our building, not in our house, not at the Garden,” Brickley said. “They do not win a Stanley Cup on here on our ice in front of our fans.”
Brickley said that Roberto Luongo’s trash-talking Tim Thomas was a case of “a guy that’s a little bit immature when it comes to dealing with the media.”
“I think there’s a hint of jealousy in what he’s saying about Tim Thomas,” Brickley said.
Brickley said that Boston’s greatest strengths are goaltending and defense.
“For me, the Bruins’ success before they even dropped the puck for Game 1 against Montreal was going to be based on their center pillars,” Brickley said. “[Zdeno] Chara had to be immense, and Thomas had to be spectacular, and I think they’ve both lived up to that billing.”
Brickley also said Patrice Bergeron is the Bruins’ most complete player.
In Game 5, Brickley said, the Bruins looked tired.
“Game 5, to me, looked like two teams that really struggled with the travel and the turnaround time,” he said. “It looked to me also that Vancouver handled it better than Boston, probably because they experience it more during the regular season.”
Brickley also called Game 5 “a game of redemption” for the Canucks.
“They were just so bad, accused of being quitters in Games 3 and 4 at the Garden, and going back home to that fan base, the pressure that was on them to perform was real strong,” he said. “So you saw a desperate team, and the best way to handle that kind of pressure and that kind of desperation is to skate and be physical.”
Brickley said the Bruins’ physical style of hockey made recovery even tougher, adding, “They’re tired, everybody’s tired, everybody’s beat up, but this is — I think Gregory Campbell put it best — this is what you talk about as players.”
Brickley said he expected more from the Canucks before the series started.
“I thought their depth and balance would be a problem for Boston, and perhaps a couple of injuries on the back end of a suspension has hurt them in that area,” Brickley said. Brickley also said he thought Boston has been the better even-strength team, and that he’s disappointed Vancouver is not “a team of more integrity.”
“I don’t like the way they play the game,” Brickley said.
Brickley predicted that Game 6 would much more resemble Games 1 or 5, not 3 or 4.
“I don’t think it will be a high-scoring game,” Brickley said, adding: “I think it will be a tight game, but I have full confidence in Boston sending this to a Game 7.”
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