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Tony Amonte on M&M: Roberto Luongo ‘pumps his own tires enough’

Posted By Matt Goisman On June 13, 2011 @ 12:55 pm In General | No Comments

CSNNE Bruins analyst Tony Amonte spoke with the Mut & Merloni show Monday morning. To hear the interview, go the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page [1].

Amonte said the key to the Bruins winning Game 6 Monday night is to “ride [Zdeno] Chara and [Dennis] Seidenberg.”

“I think that’s what they’ve done at home is been able to ride those two defensemen, their top D pair,” Amonte said. “They don’t get scored on much, and they help you out, create a lot of offense for the Bruins.”

Amonte said that a key to the offense is getting Tyler Seguin more minutes, especially on the power play.

“Seguin’s a guy that could break the game open,” he said.

“You have to play the odds. You have to put a guy out there you know is going to score a little bit more than another guy.”

While Gregory Campbell is good on faceoffs and penalty kills, Amonte said he lacks the puck control necessary to play in front of the net on power plays.

“If you can’t get control of the puck and you can’t get it set up, you’re never going to see a net-front guy,” Amonte said, adding: “That second unit just never had the ability to get the puck, settle it down, and establish a net-front presence.”

Amonte said that another offensive key is Milan Lucic becoming a more aggressive shooter.

“Every time you get the puck inside those faceoff circles, the tops of those faceoff circles, look to shoot,” Amonte said. “Shoot everything.”

Amonte added that Lucic plays his best when he’s skating fast and hard enough to forecheck effectively.

Amonte said the Bruins in Game 6 would also need to match the desperation with which the Canucks played Game 5.

“They knew the gravity of that game, they knew that they needed it if they wanted to win the Stanley Cup, and they went out there and they took it,” Amonte said. “I would see the reverse of this happening tonight. Boston has to be the more desperate team, and when they have been that desperate team they’ve won every game.”

If the Stanley Cup finals go seven games, Amonte suggested the team change up the defensive lines.

“Maybe take Seidenberg off, put him with [Andrew] Ference, and put [Johnny] Boychuk up back with Chara so they can just start rolling their defense and stop worrying about the matchups so much and just go out and play hockey,” Amonte said.

The Bruins also will need to establish their physical game in Vancouver, something they have yet to do.

“This is what Vancouver did all year,” Amonte said. “They played hard all season long, all regular season long, so they could get home-ice advantage. They know they like to be at home, they’re comfortable in their own arena, they get the matchups they want.”

Amonte said he was “baffled” by Roberto Luongo’s comments on Tim Thomas.

“Thomas is a guy, you don’t want to give him anything he can use against you when you go out there for the next game,” Amonte said. “I think Tim really takes it personally. … But Luongo, I think he pumps his own tires enough, so I think they’re full.”

Amonte added that Luongo’s play and attitude “really truly hasn’t made the Vancouver fans believers.”

Amonte also said that among the active NHL players with whom he is still friendly, the consensus is that the Canucks are “just not a well-liked team.”

“Guys are just a little bit arrogant, a little bit cocky, and we see that in everything Luongo has said the last couple of days,” Amonte said.

Added Amonte, “Obviously when you win you’re hated, you have a bull’s-eye on your back, and people are always coming after you. That’s all part of a great series is having that kind of hatred for another team.”

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