2018 Stanley Cup Finals Preview
Best Quotes from Media Day
March 26th, 2018
“Woo for Two!”
That was the headline to the special Stanley Cup Final section in a San Diego newspaper on Monday morning, a reference to the Gulls’ quest for a second straight Stanley Cup win.
San Diego GM Lucas Main knows this stage well. Game one (Monday 7 p.m.) will mark his second straight appearance in the Finals.
But despite the fact this will be the Washington GM Rick Charron’s first ever appearance in the Cup Finals, he believes he and his team belong.
“Most of their guys won it last year and know what’s coming at them,” Wolfpack forward Patrice Bergeron said. “But we know that if we play our game and keep doing the things that got us here we can find success.”
So while the talk for much of Monday morning was about the Gulls’ stars and the opportunity for them to make history by becoming the first team to repeat as champions and the first team to win more than one Cup, the Wolfpack feel like this is their stage, too.
They’ve taken no shortcuts on the road here. They beat one of the Stanley Cup favorite Sharks in round one and beat one of the hottest teams over the second half of the season in the Nomads in round two.
Now to win their first ever Stanley Cup, the Wolfpack will have to beat the defending champs.
“This is probably the biggest challenge we’ve had to face all year in this series,” defenseman Brent Seabrook said. “But I feel good about our group and we’re confident in our team and like this matchup.”
Washington coach Rick Charron on what making the Stanley Cup final means to the city
“Come to Washington and you’ll see. Like I said to somebody earlier, you should put this on your bucket list if you don’t have it. Our building is probably the loudest of all the arenas in the league. The atmosphere is electric.”
San Diego coach Lucas Main on two American Conference teams in the final
“I think it speaks a little bit about the progress that the American Conference has made. I think there’s a lot of really good teams that are working extremely hard to be the best. There’s a lot of real good coaches in that conference as well. To be a part of that American fraternity, I guess, it’s something that I’m certainly proud of.”
San Diego’s Evgeni Malkin on his attitude about being in the spotlight
“Probably was a little bit more inclined to yes [to interviews] all the time when I was younger. Probably a little better at saying no sometimes when the time is right. But I understand that this is part of it. … As you get older, you figure out what works.”
Tyler Seguin on Washington’s postseason inexperience compared to the Gulls
“At the end of the day, it’s another hockey game. Sure we will be nervous during the first shift but we will settle in quickly.”
Washington goalie Martin Jones on facing Malkin and Kucherov
“From a goalie perspective, when those guys are in your zone, you have to be on your toes and know what’s going on.”
Washington coach Rick Charron on injuries to key players
“All players will be available to us who made the trip. Chara and Thornton are currently game-time decisions but we fully expect them to be ready for Game 1 tonight.”