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Doc Emrick on D&C: ‘I think [Bruins] will win this one tonight’

06.13.11 at 10:57 am ET
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Stanley Cup finals play-by-play announcer Doc Emrick checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to offer his thoughts on Game 6. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Emrick picked the Bruins to win Monday night.

‘€œI think the more desperate team stands to win,’€ Emrick said, adding: “The memory of Boston games here against Vancouver is a pretty strong and emphatic one. These were not close games. All three of the ones in Vancouver were one-goal games. So, I fully expect, I would not be shocked to look back at Vancouver for a Game 7.’€

Emrick added that Game 7s are a ‘€œdice roll.’€

‘€œPawtucket could beat the BoSox in a Game 7,’€ he said. ‘€œYou get a couple of breaks, and all of a sudden you’€™re in there and you’€™re winning a game. The Bruins have been the underdogs the whole series, and there’€™s nothing says they can’€™t win a Game 7. I think they will win this one tonight, but there’s nothing that says they can’t take a seventh.’€

Emrick said that plays like Alex Burrows bite and Aaron Rome‘€™s illegal hit, regardless of how dirty they might have really been, have been useful in generating fan support for the Bruins.

‘€œYou don’€™t have to stretch too far to find villains in this one compared to others,’€ Emrick said. ‘€œI think the nature of the fouls and the grievances are the thing that make it unique compared to others. We haven’€™t had this many penalty minutes in a finals series in over 20 years.’€

Emrick called diving ‘€œone of those embarrassing penalties,’€ but added that of the 801 penalties called this year, only eight have been for diving.

Of Roberto Luongo‘€™s comments on Tim Thomas, Emrick said he wondered why Luongo ‘€œwould even mention the other goaltender, or why he wouldn’€™t say something like, ‘€˜You know, those boards are lively, a guy can get caught like that.’€™ ‘€

‘€œI think it was probably blown out of great proportion, but players have to be so careful about giving bulletin board material to anyone else,’€ Emrick said. He also said he didn’€™t think Vancouver fans know what to expect from Luongo.

Emrick credited the Bruins shutting down Vancouver’€™s Henrik and Daniel Sedin to looking at film from the Canucks-Predators series.

‘€œThe difference is that Nashville did not have the offense like the Bruins have potentially,’€ Emrick said.

Emrick said he had expected home-ice advantage to give way to carryover momentum between individual games, but the players may not be thinking that way.

‘€œI remember Andrew Ference saying earlier in the series that the task for us is just being able to eliminate carryover,’€ Emrick said. ‘€œSo if they’€™re consciously trying to block it out, they’€™re doing a great job.’€

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