Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher has an issue with the way Lightning left winger Simon Gagne handles the pressure of playing in the seventh game of a series. Boucher hopes all his players will follow Gagne's lead when the Lightning take on the Bruins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals tonight (8) at the TD Garden. The winner will face Vancouver in the Stanley Cup finals, an event the Bruins haven't participated in since 1990. "He's very poised under pressure and I've seen it throughout the year," said Boucher during an afternoon press briefing at the Ritz Carlton Boston Common. "Sometimes, I actually feel he's too calm and that's the way he is in pressure situations. He's just at the perfect activation level and emotional level. He's just such a calm guy off ice and, in terms of the big games, you don't see any signs of nervousness. I would say that is probably his biggest asset." Gagne's presence on the ice for 18-plus minutes in Game 7 is enough to give Bruins coach Claude Julien heartburn. Gagne and the Bruins have a recent history in a deciding game that ended in heartache for the locals.
Bolts' Simon Gagne plays it cool
Boston Herald | May 27