Shortly after they boarded their charter from Vancouver to Boston on Saturday morning, Boston Bruins rookies Steven Kampfer and Brad Marchand discovered something disturbing: a fake twitter account created using Marchand's name.
Marshy has a Blackberry and it doesn't work in the plane @bradmarshy63. "People wanna be me" - @SteveKampfer47
Kampfer and the con artist traded a few tweets back and forth, with the rookies even putting a picture of themselves with a sign that told the impostor to get lost.
"You gotta stay loose in these situations, especially when times can get uptight," said Kampfer of the situation. It's fun to mess around on Twitter, especially when you find a fake account."
For the Bruins, trailing the Vancouver Canucks three games to two in their best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final, staying loose is imperative. Teams that are too tight run the risk of making mistakes on the ice that can cost them a game - or, in this case, cost them their season and their shot at glory.
Because Vancouver's just a win away from hoisting the esteemed chalice, Lord Stanley's Cup will be in Boston tonight for game six. But despite being so close to the relic, the Bruins aren't planning on changing their game.
"I don't know if we're thinking about that now," said winger Daniel Paille, who's been a revelation in the series, especially on the penalty kill, which has only allowed one Vancouver goal in 25 tries, and none in the last 17 opportunities. "It's great that it's gonna be here, but it's not here for us, so our main focus is just to come out with a win and go back to Vancouver."
In spite of that, Paille admitted that the importance of defending home ice "doesn't change for us tonight."
Michael Ryder, who scored a back-breaking goal in game four, admitted that he hadn't even thought about the Cup being at TD Garden. "We just have our minds set on winning this game tonight. We're not really worried about being the hero, we're just trying to win the game."
Boston, to be sure, has taken a long road to get here. From losing their franchise center in Marc Savard to battling through a minor goaltending controversy when Tim Thomas emerged over Tuukka Task to losing Nathan Horton just a week ago, it hasn't been easy. Yet, in the fact of adversity, they're confident that they'll be at their best.
"Our team has been extremely confident, especially in these types of situations," said Paille, who acknowledged that the team's two game seven experiences should benefit them in game six.
The goal was clear: the Bruins aren't here to play spoiler tonight. They're here to win one and then win another.
"I don't know if you really ever want to win one game more than you want to win another," said defenseman Andrew Ference, who knows a thing or two about how to handle the pressure of the Stanley Cup Final, having been there in 2003 with Calgary.
"Even when we were up 3-0 against Philly, the emotions here were pretty much the same: we have to get it done. There wasn't any less motivation then."
The Bruins, to be sure, aren't letting themselves get wound too tight heading into what could be the last game of their season. And they're definitely not planning on giving anything less than their all.
"No such thing [as being tired]," said Shawn Thornton when asked if the players were feeling fatigued. "There's no such thing this time of year. I'll be tired a week from now.
"Tonight, be ready."