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No easy finals ticket, not even for players

BOSTON -- Dear long-lost friends of Tyler Seguin: Stop calling. He doesn't have tickets.

"No," Seguin smiled Wednesday morning. "I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I can't do it. People that you didn't know were your best friends until now keep calling. I'm like, 'Really?'"

Oh, he has shelled out for tickets, but only for the people that really matter.

"Just the family and really, really close friends," Seguin said.

Players are buying tickets for $500-700 apiece. For home games, they're allowed two free ones. On the road, there are no freebies. Each club is limited to 140 tickets total, and that includes management and coaches.

Canucks backup goalie Cory Schneider is from nearby Marblehead, Mass., and ponied up big-time for Game 3.

"I was at 14 tickets last game," Schneider said, smiling.

Cha-ching!

"I'm only at six tickets for tonight," Schneider said. "But overall, I took care of family and also my closest friends; those who never ask for anything, you want to help them out. You do get random people, though, coming out of nowhere asking for tickets."

"The odd person comes out of the woodwork," Canucks forward Tanner Glass said. "But for me, my family has been really respectful. I'm doing about six tickets a game. That's not too bad."

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid bought tickets for his immediate family as well.

"After that, people are on their own, unfortunately," he said Wednesday morning. "I would have loved to help everyone out that asked, but it just wasn't realistic."

McQuaid said he needed to draw a line because of the cost.

"So far, I've just bought them for my parents and my brother and sister," he said. "Any more than that would have been a little hard on the wallet. But your family is such a big part of getting to this point, and you certainly want them to share in the experience."

Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk said he bought 10 tickets for Game 4.

"I have no clue how much it cost, I haven't really checked [my credit card] yet; I don't really want to," Boychuk said.

Canucks center Maxim Lapierre said the team told family and friends to get in their requests before the series started.

"Once it started, we didn't want to deal with that," Lapierre said. "We want to focus on hockey. But it worked out fine for me. Everyone who wanted tickets from me got them. I'm averaging six tickets a game."