Generally speaking, day-of-game press conferences prior to a seventh game of a playoff series don't amount to much. Everybody says the same basic things: Happy to be there, enjoy the moment, bring it all on every shift etc. The Tampa Bay Lightning acknowledged that Sean Bergenheim might not play because of an injury, but they also won Game 6 without him, so it's difficult to say how much of an impact his absence will have.
Ultimately, the game will likely be decided by which of two goaltenders who were red hot going into the series and erratic ever since - Boston's Tim Thomas and Tampa's Dwayne Roloson - performs better. Roloson is 7-0 in elimination games, a great stat until you consider that San Jose's Antti Niemi was 6-0 in career playoff series - until the Vancouver Canucks beat him this past Wednesday. Stats can be whatever you want them to be.
Bruins coach Claude Julien was asked to assess the play of a couple of his defencemen this morning in Boston. He wouldn't talk about Johnny Boychuk, he said apologetically, because today was a day for positives. Probably wise. No point in calling someone out who might be a key tonight. Julien was, however, prepared to discuss improvements in Tomas Kaberle's overall game. Other than to echo what Leafs' staff did for years - and wonder why Kaberle didn't shoot more when the opportunities presented themselves - Julien said he was happier with the way his trade deadline acquisition has played lately.
"I think that's somebody that you can talk about positively," said Julien, of Kaberle, "and (is) certainly one of those guys that I think last game played pretty good. I liked his game. He moved the puck well. He was in there. He created some opportunities for us ...He did a great job.
"I know there's been a tendency to be hard on this guy at times, but I would say three out of the last four games, he's been a real good player for us."Report Typo/Error