Post-game quotes from Game 7

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Zdeno Chara said the strategy for beating Vancouver was to play physical and play on the edge. It worked.
Post Game Quotes

Here are some of the best post-game quotes after the Boston Bruins blanked the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in Game 7 to win their sixth Stanley Cup and first in 39 years.
Boston forward Mark Recchi, at 43 the oldest player in the series, was asked what he was thinking about the most following his final game as a player.
"Just how much we've been through all year and how close this group got together," he told CBC Sports. "We never made things easy on ourselves and I knew in Game 6 and 7 we were going to do it and we did. What a feeling, what a hell of a way to go out."
Boston goaltender Tim Thomas, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP, speaking to CBC about the Bruins.
"You know, this team just had so much character. Every time we got our backs against the wall and had to come up big, we did. Every time. We did the same thing in Game 6 and to win it in Game 7 on the road is no easy task. It's a testament to the character on the team."
Thomas on some of the controversial things said about him in the series, notably by Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo.
"I want to take this opportunity to say I respect the players for the Vancouver Canucks, respect Roberto Luongo. They are a great team and he's a great goalie. I had nothing to do with anything."
Boston captain Zdeno Chara on being presented the Stanley Cup by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
"It's a huge honour and it's a privilege. I'll probably remember that feeling and that moment for the rest of my life."
Chara on Boston's strategy coming into the series and what kind of game they decided to play.
"Obviously, playing hard, playing physical, playing on the edge ... we knew Vancouver has unbelievable game, they have so much skill and speed we had to find a way to slow them down. Play really physical."
And how do you do that?
"Always be in the right position, closing the gaps, sticks on the ice," Chara said. "Obviously the Sedin brothers can make those plays without looking at each other, so just play really hard."
Hockey Night In Canada reporter Scott Oake asks super pest Brad Marchand, who scored twice in Game 7, about how tough the series was and how he was able to stay on the right side of the line, mostly, when things got out of hand.
"Been very tough. The coach talked to me two or three times every day just to pull me back down and make sure I didn't go over the line and there were a couple of times I did. But that's the way it goes. There's a lot of emotion in the finals."
HNIC's Elliotte Friedman caught up with Vancouver coach Alain Vignault after the game.
"Obviously, we are really disappointed, we are real proud of what [the players] did, of the organization and of our fans and their reaction [in the arena] tonight. But we have to give credit where it's due. It was a really hard fought series and Boston deserved to win."
"[Boston] had a plan and they were going to be physical and hit after the whistle and, at the end of the day, it took its toll. But their goalie was phenomenal, he made some huge saves and we couldn't beat him in their building."
Vigneault on rumours that a number of his players were banged up.
"Everybody was fine. We were healthy and we aren't going to use injuries as an excuse for not getting it done tonight."


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