Don Cherry on D&C: Bruins will win Cup; Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin ‘a loser’
|06.17.13 at 9:26 am ET|
Don Cherry joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning, and the CBC Hockey Night in Canada analyst said he is sticking with his pick of the Bruins to win it all against the Blackhawks.
‘They are going to win the Cup,’ Cherry said point-blank. ‘I picked Boston all the way through.”
‘It’s funny how the Bruins can turn it on like that,’ he added, referencing the Bruins seemingly flipping a switch in the middle of Game 2 Saturday night. ‘It was like how it was against Toronto [in Game 7]. ‘Oh, 4-1? We’re going to turn it on for about 15 minutes.’ And that’s what they did in the overtime. If Chicago plays like they did in the overtime, it’s not going to go long.”
Part of that, the former Bruins coach said, was the result of the B’s consistently physical play, particularly after the first period.
‘A few [Blackhawks] guys are hearing footsteps ‘¦ and the defense gets rid of the puck early,’ Cherry said. ‘Instead of taking their time a little, they know guys like [Milan] Lucic are coming, that little shot’s coming, and they get rid of the puck early.”
Cherry acknowledged that both goalies, Tuukka Rask and Corey Crawford, have been playing superbly, and he doesn’t expect any blowouts in either direction.
‘Timmy Thomas did play great — I’m not putting him down — but Rask is unbelievable,’ Cherry said. ‘He is in a zone right now.”
Cherry also spoke highly of Tyler Seguin, saying he fully expects the young forward to start producing more soon. The key is giving Seguin, in the form of ice time and confidence, the opportunity to succeed. Now that that is starting to happen again, the puck should start to fall.
‘When you don’t play, you’re not going to be anything,’ Cherry said. ‘He was taken off the line when [Jaromir] Jagr came. How would I handle him? I’d play him to death. And when you play him to death, he’d come through for you.’
When questioned on the Brad Marchand debate ‘ whether he is a pest or just good ‘ Cherry was unequivocal.
‘He’s not a pest. A pest is a guy who gets three or four goals and runs around like an idiot and does nothing,’ Cherry said. ‘[Marchand is] a hockey player. He’s a dirty little hockey player ‘ a great dirty little hockey player. I think the world of him.’
Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin last week was given an eight-year, $76 million contract extension despite his lack of production vs. the Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals. Cherry made it clear he’s not a fan of the 26-year-old Russian.
“I wouldn’t give that guy anything,” Cherry said. “I think he’s a dog — a talented dog. He turns it on when he wants to turn it on. He couldn’t play for the Bruins, I’ll tell you that. You’re going to say, ‘Well, what about [Jaromir] Jagr?’ Jagr’s out there giving every ounce he’s got every time. I don’t know if he can score, but he’s giving every ounce he can. You can’t compare them.
“I wouldn’t have that Malkin. I know he’s talented, I know. But to me, he’s a loser, as far as I’m concerned.”