Dan Roche’s Pre-Game 7 Speech To Bruins
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BOSTON (CBS) – If you had the opportunity to address the Bruins Wednesday night prior to the opening face-off of their Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens what would you say?
Do you mention the past years if you’re Claude?
I would love to hear your thoughts… and keep it clean folks.
Here’s what I would say…
“I want to begin by saying that I’m proud of all of you for the way you fought to get back into this series. Nobody outside of this dressing room gave us a fighting chance after we got down 0-2. We battled and here we are. A chance tonight to move on and make some history.
Again, I don’t think a lot of people believe we can win this Game 7. I do boys. If you play like you have for the majority of this series, we will win.
Take a look around the room. Believe in each other. Play for each other. We’ve been through a lot together the whole season. If you care about each other and believe… we will win this hockey game.
We need to stay disciplined. We know these #$%&**% will be trying to get you to lose your poise and commit some penalties. Stay focused and disciplined boys. Play our game.
Take the game to them. Play Boston Bruins hockey. Finish your checks. Play smart. Timmy(Thomas), you’ve been the best goaltender in the NHL all season long. That will continue tonight. Z(Chara), you’ve been the best defenseman in the NHL all season. That will continue tonight. Forwards, we’ve found a way to score all season when we’ve had to. That will continue tonight.
Boys, we’ve got a chance to make our own history tonight. I like this group, you all know that. I believe in this group. It’s time to play the game of your lives. Embrace this moment. Embrace your fans. Leave everything you’ve got on the ice. Enjoy the night Boys, and make it a night that you’ll remember forever…”
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