Rick Tocchet opens up on Brock Boeser's last-minute absence

Felip Gosselin
May 20, 2024  (2:22 PM)

Rick Tocchet pre game conference
Photo credit: Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks learned last night that they'd be heading into game seven of the Stanley Cup Playoffs' second round without one of their top forwards, Brock Boeser.

Canucks dealt terrible news: Brock Boeser ruled out for game seven
The whole team was shocked by the news; during his pre-game press conference, Rick Tocchet revealed that he was made aware of his situation only on Sunday morning. Boeser played through game six on Saturday, and everything seemed fine until later that night, apparently:
#Canucks Tocchet says he learned of Boeser's injury issue and status late Sunday morning

Tocchet acknowledged that losing Boeser meant the Canucks were going to play without a big piece of their offence. However, he believed this team's resiliency would allow them to overcome this obstacle. Per the bench boss' belief, someone will rise and be the hero the Canucks need:
Rick Tocchet on Boeser: He's been a big part of the team. It was a great year for us. They scored some big goals for us, so it's tough. But next man up.

Since the season started, Tocchet's motto has been to meet pressure with pressure. He also added that it would be primordial for the players to go back to their basics, back to their foundations and build up from there.
In unknown territory, the Canucks will have to get out of their comfort zone, and god knows they've been successful in doing so.
Rick Tocchet: The one thing we've always leaned on when we've had a bad game is come back to your foundation. That's what we've gotta lean on, and you've gotta play uncomfortable. #Canucks

The Canucks have already been playing without it their Vézina worthy netminder Thatcher Demko. To lose Brock Boeser, the team's best goalscorer, in the regular season and the playoffs is tough. Through his numerous trades, Patrik Allvin made sure to have a team filled with depth, and game seven will be the opportunity that a team needs.
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