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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.

‘€œThey want to end this thing tonight, because anything can happen in Game 7,’€ Brickley said. ‘€œAnd 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.

‘€œNot in our building, not in our house, not at the Garden,’€ Brickley said. ‘€œThey 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 ‘€œa guy that’€™s a little bit immature when it comes to dealing with the media.’€

‘€œI 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.

‘€œFor 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. ‘€œ[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.

‘€œGame 5, to me, looked like two teams that really struggled with the travel and the turnaround time,’€ he said. ‘€œIt 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 ‘€œa game of redemption’€ for the Canucks.

‘€œThey 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. ‘€œSo 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, ‘€œThey’€™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.

‘€œI 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 ‘€œa team of more integrity.’€

‘€œI 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.

‘€œI 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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