VANCOUVER - The press is against them.
The hockey world is against them.
And if you listen to some of the conspiracy theorists around town, Dirk Nowitzki is against them.
While the Boston Bruins have stopped short of coming right out and saying it, they certainly appear to be adopting an "us-against-the-world" attitude heading into Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final at Rogers Arena Saturday.
Just ask power forward Milan Lucic, who made reference to the Bruins' role as underdogs during his audience with reporters Friday afternoon.
"You know it's clear that you guys (in the media) aren't giving us much of a chance," Lucic said. "We've just got to do whatever we have to to prove people wrong."
The Bruins didn't play all that poorly in their 1-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks in the opener but seemed to fade down the stretch.
During a break in the action in the first period Wednesday, Nowitzki, the star of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, was shown on the screen at Rogers Arena offering his support of Canucks defenceman Christian Ehrhoff, a fellow German.
That had reporters wondering if Bruins defenceman Dennis Seidenberg had been snubbed by Nowitzki. After all, Seidenberg is a native of Germany as well.
Seidenberg laughed it off.
"The Dallas Mavericks trainer is either a Vancouver fan or from Vancouver, I'm not sure," Seidenberg said. "He always keeps (Dirk) up to date and tells him stories.
"I guess that's the reason he's cheering for them."