Julien: Bruins believe in themselves

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – It’s finally here!

We’re only a few hours from puck drop for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks and this city is fired up.

The Boston Bruins did not skate this morning due to the early evening start, but coach Claude Julien said his team is ready to go.

“It’s something you want to cherish for the rest of your life and you’ve got an opportunity to choose how you’re going to cherish it with a Stanley Cup win, or being second fiddle. It’s up to us. We’ve got a clean slate. We’re starting from scratch and may the best team win. We certainly want to give ourselves a really good chance at it. We’ve believed in ourselves as a team all year and that’s why we are here.”

Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron said he actually got a good night’s sleep and he’s been able to stay focused despite all the hoopla surrounding the Cup final.

“I’m pretty excited, obviously,” he said. “I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. I’m pretty happy it’s finally here.”

Due to the 5 p.m. local start, the Bruins did not hold a game-day skate, but Bergeron said it’s no big deal.

“Obviously the routine is different, but that’s fine,” he said. “It’s kind of like a 4 o’clock game on Saturdays, so you’ve just got to find a way to be ready for the game.”