By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON Milan Lucic wasnt even going to entertain it.
As soon as one reporter mentioned a potential Game 7 in Vancouver, he stopped the questioner right in his tracks after the Game 6 morning skate Monday at TD Garden.
"I don't even want to talk about a Game 7 because Game 6 hasn't been played yet, said Lucic before quickly moving on to the next question. The key for us is playing physical, no matter who were playing. When we play with physicality, emotion and energy then thats when we bring our best. We need that from the start.
Electronic Arts Sports, otherwise known as EA Sports video game creators, had the series played out as a seven-game affair with the home game taking each game before things even got started, for goodness sakes and it appears to be playing out exactly that way.
The Bruins have lost three heart-wrenching one-goal games at Rogers Arena, and the Canucks have been waylaid by Boston at TD Garden while looking intimidated by the hostile atmosphere the whole way through.
So it might be easy to assume the Bruins will take Game 6 as a foregone conclusion after pounding the Canucks by an 8-1 score in Game 3 and a 4-0 shutout in Game 4 that saw Roberto Luongo mercifully pulled from the game. The Canucks havent been a great road team this year, and they certainly looked a little shaken and stirred in games in Boston.
But the Bruins have been through assuming things will happen for them in the playoffs.
"Ive heard people are talking about they've won the three games in Vancouver and we've won two games here, so we'll automatically win tonight and then lose in Game 7, said David Krejci. It's a mindset. If you're strong in your mind, then you put these things aside. Were just focused on the job.
You have to put it aside. For some guys its easy and for some guys its a little harder. But thats our only chance to succeed and keep going.
The one-game-at-a-time mantra is a clich to be sure, but its also the way good teams approach a long, challenging championship run like the Bruins have over the last two months. The Bruins learned their lessons well when they blew things to Philly last season, and if they possibly lose Game 6 then it wont be because they looked past their opponents.
As a lot of teams have found out especially us last year up 3-0 against Philly its not over until its over, said Lucic.
The Bruins will be doing everything to make sure its not over tonight on their own home ice.