Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is confident his players have the gas to carry out one more victory and bring home the franchise’s seventh Stanley Cup.
When asked on Monday what his team has left in the tank, Cassidy firmly told reporters “Lots. We’ve got lots.”
“We had a lot of energy last night, do-or-die game. I don’t think it was all on emotion or adrenaline. I think obviously you know what’s at stake. Wednesday there will be some more of that.”
Boston will be playing in its second Game 7 of the 2019 postseason and first home Game 7 in a Stanley Cup Final ever. Cassidy and defenseman Torey Krug believe their team won’t have any issues digesting the magnitude of the moment.
“We have good players,” Cassidy said. “Eventually someone is going to step up, that’s what we felt happened last night, that same formula. As for the pressure part, all that, I think we have good leadership. We talk about it a little bit before the game what’s at stake, and off they go. Once the puck drops, the players play.
“It’s the most exciting game in all of our lives,” Krug said. “I think whoever maintains their composure and discipline within their system, how they play, how they approach the game, is probably going to prevail. I think we have a really disciplined group, led by some great people. We’re all pulling for each other. I think that’s how we do it.”
The home team is 12-4 all-time in Stanley Cup Final Game 7s, but Cassidy expects the Blues to match his team’s preparedness for their final matchup.
“I think they had expectations, the Stanley Cup is in the building, they fight their way back, we get a goal right after. That can certainly demoralize you for at least a shift or two. I can’t speak for them. But it can be tough. I don’t think that will affect them at all on Wednesday. It’s one game, winner take all. I think both teams will be in a good place mentally.”
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