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Posted On Wednesday, 06.15.2011 / 3:09 PM

By Marty Turco -  NHL Network /NHL.com - Turco Talk

A Cup full of dreams

Veteran NHL goalie Marty Turco is lending his expert opinion to NHL.com in the form of his own blog. Turco Talk will be updated daily with Marty's thoughts on the Stanley Cup Final between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins. Marty can also be seen daily on the NHL Network giving analysis on NHL On the Fly at the Stanley Cup Final.

On the day of Game 7, Marty writes about the Stanley Cup:

VANCOUVER -- The Stanley Cup.

It's the ultimate prize. It's the one thing in hockey that has the most mystique, that has a tradition unparraleled.

We talk about it in references and adjectives that correlate to wars and battles. Guys that have won it have had broken legs and scored game-winners. Guys have waited 20 years to win it and some guys had to change teams after being lifers in one city just so they could go win it. Some guys have won it when they're 21 and never won it again.

Those are the guys that are lucky enough to carry it around and get all these great stories. There will be more of them tonight.

The lure of the Stanley Cup and its symbolism transcends a sport and a culture that in my opinion is like no other in the arena of sports.

Hockey is not played by the most people in the world and it's certainly not the biggest sport even in North America, but growing up a small-town Canadian kid playing with an orange ball in my parents' driveway, I didn't need anybody else to be playing with me to win Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

You never had to be on a team. You didn't need a goalie. You didn't even need to have a net to ask yourself what one moment in your lifetime would you want to be a part of, to feel what it is like and think that nothing could be greater.

It always came down to scoring a goal in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, and winning the Stanley Cup.

Last year Patrick Kane did it. He didn't do it in Game 7, but it was still the perfect fairy-tale hockey ending.

Tonight, this is our 16th chance to witness a Game 7 for the Stanley Cup, and you just hope it goes to overtime and then let history write itself.

I've played on ponds and lakes. My dad built me wonderful backyard rinks in crazy cold weather after coming home from night shifts. You never appreciate things when you're a child, but learning to skate when I was two, to play when I was four, and having all these outdoor arenas at my disposal -- I was a pretty lucky kid.

I always loved the game. I loved the imagination it gave me. I loved watching Hockey Night in Canada every Saturday night with my family. Those memories are something that I'll always have. Those memories have helped develop in part of who I am today, the things you strive for and what you're willing to do in order to accomplish a task. It doesn't mean it's just hockey because I play hockey, but it's also about being a father, a son, a husband, a member of a community and society.

I always thought how lucky I would have to be to have an opportunity to compete for a Stanley Cup, but now as a professional in the NHL I get the chance to try to play to win a Stanley Cup. And, now in this new gig as an analyst for NHL Network, getting up close and personal to a series as great as this one has been, it brings back a lot of memories.

It's inspiring being deep in it, being part jealous at times, part surprised and just downright mad at watching these guys as I totally get myself into it. It's been a long time since I've been this into something that I haven't been a part of or my kids haven't been a part of, but to be in Vancouver, to be in this arena and have a chance to talk about it brings back a lot of great memories of my childhood and my experiences with family and friends. It reminds me of everything I've done in my hockey career.

Now I get to think about which team is going to win, which city is going to go nuts, which goaltender is going to be the next Stanley Cup champion and who we'll all be aiming at next year. Just thinking about all this gives me chills down my spine because it all stems from Lord Stanley's Cup, the opportunity to potentially play for it one day and maybe say I raised it.
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Posted On Saturday, 06.11.2011 / 3:16 PM

By Marty Turco -  NHL Network /NHL.com - Turco Talk

Luongo's comments not a big deal

Veteran NHL goalie Marty Turco is lending his expert opinion to NHL.com in the form of his own blog. Turco Talk will be updated daily with Marty's thoughts on the Stanley Cup Final between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins. Marty can also be seen daily on the NHL Network giving analysis on NHL On the Fly at the Stanley Cup Final.

Today, Marty offers his reaction to Roberto Luongo's comment after Game 5 that he would have been able to make the save on Maxim Lapierre because he stays deep in his crease, but Tim Thomas couldn't because he's 'wandering out and aggressive.':

BOSTON -- Roberto has been both at the top and the bottom of this series -- a shutout in a pivotal Game 5 but before that he let in 12 goals in two games in Boston to let that team back in the series. So, when he makes a comment like that, saying that it would have been an easy save for him to make, I think he is expressing his feelings outwardly just toward people in general.

He's under a lot of pressure and for him just saying it you know he's under a lot of pressure. He really wasn't thinking about it.

It was Louie saying what is on his mind and he probably didn't think that it might create a little bit of attention that he doesn't want and they don't want at this moment.

But, if you'll let me contradict myself for a moment, I would say that's the lingo he's getting from his goalie coach. That's the belief on why he's playing his position, why he's changed his position, the positive effects it has on his play to play deep. He used to play further out of the net, but he moved back this year and he's a Vezina Trophy candidate who is one win away from winning the Stanley Cup.

So, when someone asks him a question about how difficult it is to make that save when the puck springs off the end board to a guy on his backside, that's his honest answer. But, you're in the Stanley Cup Final and you would just assume that it would be preferred to not even comment on someone else's style of position, or make reference to what you would do vs. what he would do.

Then again, the reason why he said it is he feels like he has been disrespected and he wants some kudos.

And, no, I don't think he was trying to send a message to his teammates that this is how to beat Thomas. The Canucks already know that's what they have to do.

A lot of the rhetoric you're going to get from players or stuff you may hear from coaches or the GMs, that's their cliches and that's what their message is. The message in the locker room is, 'Hey, if you can't get in front and screen him, get it off to the side of the net for those bounces, and catch one off the end boards or off someone's skate, and there is going to be an open net.'

Thomas is aggressive and he plays higher out of the blue paint, so maybe you'll have more room side to side. When you hear that every day, and then you get asked about it, it's pretty easy to say something that is unassuming. But, when it's Roberto saying it, it's not very unassuming.

I personally don't think it's a big deal. I would advise against it at this time of the year, but at the end of the day it affects no one in those locker rooms or how the game is going to play. It may just affect headlines and the fervor of others.
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Posted On Tuesday, 06.07.2011 / 6:07 PM

By Marty Turco -  NHL Network /NHL.com - Turco Talk

Win it for Nathan

Veteran NHL goalie Marty Turco is lending his expert opinion to NHL.com in the form of his own blog. Turco Talk will be updated daily with Marty's thoughts on the Stanley Cup Final between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins. Marty can also be seen daily on the NHL Network giving analysis on NHL On the Fly at the Stanley Cup Final.

Today, Marty writes about the Aaron Rome hit on Nathan Horton and what it can mean for the Bruins going forward.


BOSTON --
When it comes to this hit on Nathan Horton, when Nathan went down and you see him lying on the ice, that's just something you hate to see. I don't care who you are, where you are -- you just feel terrible for him. You just hope and pray that he's going to be alright sooner than later and long term there are going to be effects resulting from that hit.


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Posted On Monday, 06.06.2011 / 4:45 PM

By Marty Turco -  NHL Network /NHL.com - Turco Talk

Bruins have to 'relish the opportunity'

Veteran NHL goalie Marty Turco is lending his expert opinion to NHL.com in the form of his own blog. Turco Talk will be updated daily with Marty's thoughts on the Stanley Cup Final between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins. Marty can also be seen daily on the NHL Network giving analysis on NHL On the Fly at the Stanley Cup Final.

Today, Marty writes about the Bruins' emotions heading home down 0-2 in the series and how their fans might react in Game 3.


BOSTON --
When you lose one late and then you lose again in overtime, you still leave feeling pretty good about where your game is at. You're wishing you had split on the road, but you're not thinking how bad things have gone.

But, for the Boston Bruins and everybody on this trip, myself included, it's a long flight back and that's when you do your real thinking. You think big picture because that's just human nature, but you also think about yourself, how you handle the emotion of the game and what you do to be a difference maker? Does that tighten up your stick or does that free you up?

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Posted On Sunday, 06.05.2011 / 8:04 PM

By Marty Turco -  NHL Network /NHL.com - Turco Talk

My take on Burrows' OT winner

Veteran NHL goalie Marty Turco is lending his expert opinion to NHL.com in the form of his own blog. Turco Talk will be updated daily with Marty's thoughts on the Stanley Cup Final between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins. Marty can also be seen daily on the NHL Network giving analysis on NHL On the Fly at the Stanley Cup Final.

Today, Marty writes about what he believes was Tim Thomas' perspective on Alex Burrows' overtime winner in Game 2.


BOSTON -- As a goalie watching the sequence that led to the game-winning goal in Game 2, you have to know that Tim Thomas did all he could to stop the play and make the save. He was out and aggressive, like he always is, the way he loves to play. He picked up the quick turnover along the boards and he saw Zdeno Chara draped on Alex Burrows.


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Posted On Saturday, 06.04.2011 / 7:02 PM

By Marty Turco -  NHL Network /NHL.com - Turco Talk

A different world

Veteran NHL goalie Marty Turco is lending his expert opinion to NHL.com in the form of his own blog. Turco Talk will be updated daily with Marty's thoughts on the Stanley Cup Final between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins. Marty can also be seen daily on the NHL Network giving analysis on NHL On the Fly at the Stanley Cup Final.

Today, Marty talks about his experience in his new role in the analyst's chair.


VANCOUVER --
When you're one of 60 goalies to play in the NHL, your confidence is high to say the least. So, of course you're thinking I've been interviewed maybe a couple of thousand times in my life, so I can definitely step in front of the camera. It's not like it's be my first time on TV. I'll be awesome at this.

Man was I lost on the first day.

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Posted On Friday, 06.03.2011 / 6:15 PM

By Marty Turco -  NHL Network /NHL.com - Turco Talk

Players hate the second off day

Veteran NHL goalie Marty Turco is lending his expert opinion to NHL.com in the form of his own blog. Turco Talk will be updated daily with Marty's thoughts on the Stanley Cup Final between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins. Marty can also be seen daily on the NHL Network giving analysis on NHL On the Fly at the Stanley Cup Final.

Today Marty talks about what it's like for players on the second off day between games and the benefits of the home team staying in a hotel:


VANCOUVER --
The second off day is always tougher at this time of the year, but I like to do a little road shopping if I get the chance. Certainly if I'm at home I'm with the family and kids and I look forward to having some nice downtime. You really can utilize the extra day to take a step back, spend some time with the kids and let some things go.

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Posted On Thursday, 06.02.2011 / 8:31 PM

By Marty Turco -  NHL Network /NHL.com - Turco Talk

Reactions to Game 1

Veteran NHL goalie Marty Turco is lending his expert opinion to NHL.com in the form of his own blog. Turco Talk will be updated daily with Marty's thoughts on the Stanley Cup Final between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins. Marty can also be seen daily on the NHL Network giving analysis on NHL On the Fly at the Stanley Cup Final.

For his entry on Thursday, June 2, Marty writes about what it's like for the teams the day after Game 1 of a series.


VANCOUVER --
After a hard fought, physical, very intense game that could have gone either way with both goalies playing well, for the Vancouver Canucks, I just imagine everybody is probably pretty happy, but you also have to expect some changes coming from the other side. You want to stay ahead of the game so they better expect some changes, whether it's in the lineup or systematically.


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Posted On Wednesday, 06.01.2011 / 1:37 PM

By Marty Turco -  NHL Network /NHL.com - Turco Talk

The Night Before

Veteran NHL goalie Marty Turco is lending his expert opinion to NHL.com in the form of his own blog. Turco Talk will be updated daily with Marty's thoughts on the Stanley Cup Final between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins. Marty can also be seen daily on the NHL Network giving analysis on NHL On the Fly at the Stanley Cup Final.

Today, Marty talks about what goes on the night before a new series begins.

What is that like? Speaking as a goalie, if I'm at home I'd probably go have dinner with my family and then go to the hotel at night to make sure I got uninterrupted sleep. I'd catch a movie, watch the iPad now, and try to do the same thing and get to bed at the same hour. For Tim (Thomas), and maybe even for Roberto (Luongo) if the Canucks are in a hotel, they'll have the players' lounge at the team hotel where you can go hang out with the guys if you want to or you can just hang in your room. 

It really depends on how your body is feeling. You might need some extra maintenance with the trainers or just some exercises or stretching routines you might do before bed time. But, you're going to get in there and lay down and put your head on the pillow, and that puck drop, that crowd, especially having played so many games here at Rogers Arena, you can just envision that crowd. You can anticipate that National Anthem and how electric that crowd is going to be with U2 strumming as you're skating around the ice. 

Those thoughts come into your head when you lay down to go to bed, but you know you're going to be better off the more you think about it and prepare for it. So, the more it comes down to it the more you can turn the brain off. The night time and the morning after the skate is used to visualize and then you can just shut it off and get down to what you do best, and that's reacting and watching, figuring out what is going on on the ice so you can just play your game.


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Posted On Tuesday, 05.31.2011 / 10:00 PM

By Marty Turco -  NHL Network /NHL.com - Turco Talk

The Crush of Media Day

Veteran NHL goalie Marty Turco is lending his expert opinion to NHL.com in the form of his own blog. Turco Talk will be updated daily with Marty's thoughts on the Stanley Cup Final between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins. Marty can also be seen daily on the NHL Network giving analysis on NHL On the Fly at the Stanley Cup Final.

Today, Marty talks about how players approach media day.

I've never been in the position as the starting guy in the Stanley Cup Final, but I've been here as a black ace and I have gone to the Western Conference Finals as the starting guy -- and everything has changed to today.

I mean, it's 2011 and the media outlets that are involved, the media sources -- the digital world that we live in -- there is more pressure on what you're going to say and what you're thinking and how you articulate it. It may become more of a burden just because you know information gets out there so quickly and you know how rapidly things can escalate.

But, teams now also have the ability to have media training. Coaches and captains talk about things in the locker room before media day. They go over what should be said and what shouldn't be said. That takes a little bit of the pressure off you.

Still, you're always going to want to toe the company line so to speak, but there is more thought that goes into that day. It's kind of like a gameday because you have to prepare for media day. Whether you're not used to the attention or you're a guy who just doesn't like the attention, you have to prepare for it in order not to feel ambushed, or more or less, unprepared.

Media day can be a nerve-wracking day, but usually it goes by quicker than most expect. You get the odd, quirky question, the one that you just roll your eyes at and the one you have fun with, but as long as your attitude is in the right place and the preparation is there you can make the most of the media and the questions.

You just have to realize that this is the time of the year for those odd quirky questions. You see it the most at the Super Bowl, but hockey is getting elevated. You're going to get those questions and you're going to get the network that isn't just hockey or sports. You're going to get stuff that is off color a little bit, but that's fun. I've always said the best part of our game is our players, the personalities, the makeup of them, where they came from and how they've grown to be professional athletes and mature people. To have fun with it and make light of it on an off day by fielding those questions, not the generic ones we get every night, I know as a player and as a fan of the game you look forward to that. You look forward to getting into the soul of the players. These days are useful for that.
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Quote of the Day

My job was to get that puck and put it on net, and his job was not letting me do it. I got the best of that, but that game's over and to be honest I already forgot about it.

— Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk on his late game-tying goal in Montreal's 2-1 OT win
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