"This is the first time and probably the last time I’ll talk about it. First things first, the Boston Bruins are an Original Six franchise. They’ve been around for a very long time. They’re respected. It’s completely unfair for anybody to point the finger at the organization or the fan base.
They have passionate fans here, a great fan base. Since I’ve been in the league, it’s been awesome. I’ve come to Boston many times, and my family has come here, it’s been great. What people may say on Twitter and social media is not a reflection by any means of the league or of the Boston organization.
Whoever that is, they’ll get dealt with. But it’s completely separate from this league or the Boston Bruins organization.
I know some of those players personally on that team. Like I said, the fan base has been awesome. They’re a great bunch of fans, and it’s unfortunate when things take away from the great hockey that was played two days ago [in Game 1]. It was a fantastic game — great for the league, great for hockey, and that’s what we’re going to talk about.
So I’m happy now that we can just move on.
You know what the funny thing is, is that we get stronger as a league, when you see how people come together, and it’s great. And it’s not just about me. The NHL has got tons of players from different backgrounds from different places around the world. That’s what makes this league so special and that’s what makes sports so special. It brings everybody together.
So another great hockey game today, I’m sure everybody enjoyed it and I look forward to the rest of the series, and everybody else should too."