Daniel Sedin backs off guarantee

Updated: June 15, 2011, 3:48 PM ET
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Daniel Sedin is still confident the Vancouver Canucks can win the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. But he's backing away from his guarantee of a Game 7 win.

After the Bruins scored four goals in nine minutes and rolled to a Game 6 win Monday night, Sedin said: "We lose as a team and win as a team and we're going to win Game 7," according to the Vancouver Sun.

He clarified that statement Wednesday, explaining that the Canucks' success all season, particularly at home, gives him confidence they'll be the team skating victory laps around Rogers Arena with the Stanley Cup on Wednesday night.

"You know, that was probably me being excited and the words came wrong out of my mouth. What I said was if we put our best game on the ice, I like our chances. That's the way it's been all year," Sedin said. "When we play our best, we're a tough team to beat. We show that at home. We like our chances."

If the Canucks do win Game 7, they'll do so with forward Jeff Tambellini taking the place of injured teammate Mason Raymond, Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said Wednesday.

Raymond is expected to miss three to four months after suffering a fractured vertebrae when he was awkwardly sent into the boards by the Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk on the first shift of Game 6.

Despite his low point total in 24 playoff games this season, Raymond was among the Canucks' leaders with 17 shots through the first five games of the Cup finals. His speed will be missed on both the second line and the penalty-kill unit.

Raymond had struggled on Vancouver's second line in the postseason, managing just two goals and six assists. He scored 15 goals this season and had 25 goals the previous season.

Tambellini played just 2 minutes, 30 seconds in Game 1 and 5:50 in Game 2. He scored nine goals and added eight assists during the regular season for the Canucks.

Meanwhile, Bruins coach Claude Julien decided to forgo the team's morning skate Wednesday, but said his players are focused and ready.

"There's no doubt everybody is excited about this opportunity," Julien said from the team's hotel. "You've got to stay the course and that has served us well. Our group right now seems calm, focused and ready to do the job.

"Our team, if it gets stressed out, has never performed well. I don't expect us or want us to go out there stressed out. I expect our team to go out there excited and determined to do the job. So far, I haven't seen anything different than that."

ESPNBoston.com writer Joe McDonald and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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