The Boston Bruins are riding a two-game lead over the Carolina Hurricanes into PNC Arena in Raleigh Tuesday for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and are taking an unorthodox approach to prepare for
They’re learning sign language.
Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters he thought it was a good way to get past the crowd noise.
“It’s just like in football when a game gets too loud,” Cassidy said, “they switch to a silent snap count.”
“We’ve got less than 24 hours to learn it, but we can do it.”
Some of the Bruins players were not as excited about the idea.
Brad Marchand said he didn’t know a lot of signs.
“I only know how to say one thing in sign language,” Marchand explained, then flipped off reporters.
“Beyond that, I’m clueless.”
Bruins Captain Zdeno Chára said he wasn’t sure he would have time to learn any signs.
“Seriously? I’m still trying to recover from wrestling all those midgets the other night,” Chára said.
“The only sign language I know is the clothesline, and that means ‘move, b****’.”
Hurricanes Head Coach Rod Brind’Amour said the team knows how important Game 3 is for the series.
“We’re down 2-0, and we’re back in Raleigh,” Brind’Amour said. “We’ve got the loudest arena in the league, and we’re going to get absolutely crunk.”
“I wanted to get Lil Jon to sound the siren, but they already had some people picked out. Oh well.”
When asked about the opportunity to ring the siren, Lil Jon simply said “What?”