Tomas Kaberle On Shutting Down The Vancouver Canucks Offense

June 10, 2011 – 6:15 am by Steven Cuce

The Stanley Cup is all knotted up at two games a piece after the Boston Bruins have absolutely ripped through the Vancouver Canucks following Aaron Rome’s vicious hit on Nathan Horton in game three of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins have been playing with a fire that they seemingly were lacking in the first two games and maybe Aaron Rome’s cheap shot was the kind of play that Boston needed to rally back. Game four saw the Bruins shutout the Canucks, 4-0, with two goals coming from Rich Peverley, who is replacing Nathan Horton on the first line.

Veteran defenseman Tomas Kaberle was traded from Toronto to Boston in February hoping for a chance to win the Stanley Cup. Kaberle has been everything the Bruins envisioned in a puck-moving defenseman that’s been helping out on the back end along with the power play. He noted that Nathan Horton handing the “jacket” over to Rich Peverley was a nice thing to see knowing how much Horton wants to play. The Bruins jacket is given to the most valuable player in every victory and the last player to receive it was Nathan Horton. Kaberle feels it’s a brand new series, but is emphatic on the fact that the Bruins just need to stay focused on their game now and hopefully Boston will host their first Stanley Cup since 1971-72 season.

Tomas Kaberle joined The Fan 590 in Toronto with Brady and Lang in the Morning to discuss the Boston Bruins bouncing back to even the Stanley Cup at 2-2, what it was like hearing Nathan Horton’s name chanted by the fans in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Nathan Horton presenting the jacket to Rich Peverley, the Stanley Cup run being everything he thought it would be and the key to shutting down the Vancouver Canucks offense.

I know this is a long process, but you have to pleased with what you guys have accomplished after being down 2-0 in the series?

“Yeah you know it’s obviously winning two games at home and we tied this series. Everything is wide open. We never know what’s going to happen. Now we just have to keep focusing on our game. I think we don’t want to get distracted you know focusing like we did the last couple of games and keep playing the same simple hockey game and see what happens.”

I know athletes often don’t hear the crowd chanting names. What was it like when you heard the fans chanting Nathan Horton name in the stands last night? That doesn’t happen that often in sports?

“It’s unbelievable. The fans are behind us throught the whole playoffs, the season. It’s like a seventh player out there especially after Nathan [Horton] being hurt in the last game, so it’s nice to see. He’s a special guy for us. He’s one of the key guys in here and he knows he would like to play. He’s hard player and a tough guy. We just have to pull together for him and hopefully we can accomplish what we want to do here.”

You get here and find out about this tradition of the jacket. You see Nathan Horton present it to Rich Peverley. Pretty special?

“It’s huge. You would like to keep it with him. He came down and sat down to give it up to one of the players. It’s nice to see he’s in the game and he can feel he would like to play, but obviously it’s not possible right now. Hopefully he’ll be feeling better as soon as possible.”

Has this been everything you would have thought it would have been? This run to the Stanley Cup Finals? It’s been 9 extra weeks of hockey than you have been accustomrd to over the last couple of years unfortunately?

“Yeah it’s been tough the last few years. That’s what you play for. You want to reach this point and play for the trophy ever year with those teams playing. It’s nice to be here. It’s not over. It’s 2-2. We just have to focus on that. We just have to leave everything on the outside behind you and just focus on the hockey game and on the first shift of game five.”

What’s been the key to shutting down and frustrating the Vancouver Canucks offense?

“I think Z [Zdeno Chara] and [Dennis] Seidenberg have been doing a great job up against them. You can just give them a lot of room. They are smart hockey players. They can feed off each other. Z [Zdeno Chara] and [Dennis] Seidenberg are our big guys, strong guys, they don’t give that much room, especially on the penalty kill. That’s been a big success for us so far. They’ve been playing well against other teams before. The power play was a low percentage and now we are trying to keep it down and hopefully we can keep it the same.”

Listen to Tomas Kaberle on the Fan 590 in Toronto

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