At this stage, Koivu just wants to win


LOS ANGELES -- Saku Koivu interrupted the question about four words into it.

"Yeah, let's not get that far," the veteran Ducks center chuckled Friday.

Oh c'mon, Saku, play along, will you? After all, it's not completely out of the question that the Anaheim Ducks and Montreal Canadiens meet up in the Stanley Cup finals, right?

"To be honest at this point, being down 2-1 here in this series, you're worried about tomorrow's game," the former Habs captain told

"But obviously, people want to speculate and bring up different scenarios and what could happen ..."

Just for the fun of it, we persisted. Given the emotional return Koivu had to Montreal a few years ago with the Ducks, one can only imagine what it would be like if somehow the Ducks and Canadiens found their way to the promised land this June. The 39-year-old native of Turku, Finland, fought and survived cancer while wearing the famous Blue Blanc Rouge uniform. A Cup final against his former team would be something else.

"In one way, it would be amazing and unbelievable when you think about what I've gone through the years that I was there," Koivu said. "At the same time, that would be a really emotional two-week stretch. First of all, if we could get to a final, it doesn't matter who we'd play, we'd be happy to be there. In one way, it might be easier to play Boston, Pittsburgh or New York, but it would be a pretty unique scenario if that did happen (playing Montreal in the Cup finals)."

Just like the Ducks have their hands full down 2-1 in their series with the 2012 Cup champion Kings, Koivu's old team in Montreal has another epic battle raging with Original Six rival Boston.

And yes, Koivu is keeping tabs.

"Yeah I mean especially here in the West, they play around 4 p.m., so we've been watching the games," Koivu said. "I know how crazy it gets in both those cities but especially in Montreal at playoff time. It's a fun time there and it gets pretty intense. Those series were really heated in the past. With Boston winning the last game it's getting real interesting now as well."

Koivu knows all too well what a Habs-Bruins series entails, not only being part of two upset series wins over the favored B's in 2002 and 2004, but having done so in 2002 after missing 79 games because of his cancer battle. Few will ever forget Koivu's clutch moments as Montreal beat out Boston that spring.

"When I came back that year, and we found a way to win, there are a lot of very emotional memories there," Koivu said. "On the other hand, the last time we played Boston in the playoffs when I was there we lost four straight (2009). A lot of playoff memories for sure playing Boston."

Back then, Koivu would have been the media focal point day in and day out, part of the responsibility of wearing the 'C' in that passionate hockey market.

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