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Reactions to Game 1

Thursday, 06.02.2011 / 8:31 PM

By Marty Turco - NHL Network / Turco Talk

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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.

I thought the Canucks said all the right things to the media today about how they're super happy to win the game, that they almost felt fortunate to get the break late in such an intense and inspiring game -- but cockiness is not part of the equation. They have to be able to get ready and bring it up another level for Game 2.

That's what it's like when you win.

On the flip side for Boston, some of their guys might want to talk to Milan Lucic, a veteran on the team, about him saying after the game, 'Well, we can play with these guys.' Well, you know what, I hope the Boston Bruins feel they can play with them. Winning is an attitude and the attitude of just playing with somebody as opposed to playing better than them and acting better than them can go a long way. You don't want to come off sounding surprised that you can play with them.

Of course, I know the wrench in the system here is guys don't watch much TV and with that many people scrambling around Milan postgame maybe nobody on the team heard him say that, or still doesn't even know that he did. Then again, maybe the coaches do know and expressed something to him about it.

Yes, you feel bad for the hometown kid getting that much attention, but you have to be prepared for what you're going to say and generally less is more. So, if it was me and I caught wind of him saying that, however innocent it was, I'd give him a friendly reminder that he can dominate as well as anybody on their team, that anybody on our team can. You want to pump him up, use what he said to be motivating and maybe learn a lesson for the rest of this series and his career.

You want your teammates to think that they're not just as good as the other team, but that they can be better and play harder. That's something they might want to tell Milan in a not very serious tone but strong enough to make sure the message gets across.

Otherwise, I am sure the Bruins talked about adjusting their power play, particularly their 5-on-3, because that was such a huge turning point in the game. They need to be better at it and they know they need to be. Overall their 5-on-5 play was great. They had a lot of shots on net, it's just that Roberto played well.

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