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.
When you're playing on his team and that happens, often you can't get him out of your head. You think about him all the time and it affects your play. It's very difficult to deal with, but part of being a pro is fighting through those emotions and pushing on so you can play. We saw the Bruins do that last night.
That was the highest level of emotion the Boston Bruins have played with yet in this series and possibly this season. That's something they were lacking and they needed it. They used the motivation of that hit to win it for a friend and teammate. After not scoring on the power play they kept with it, didn't let that affect them negatively.
Of course, it's all about Nathan Horton and how he's feeling, but you have to have the ability to move on. Having that mentality is a lot easier said than done. It's not an easy situation at all for anybody, especially being in the Stanley Cup Final.
These guys care about each other's health. They're getting asked whether it should be a suspendable play when all they care about is how their guy is feeling and then going out and playing well. It's very difficult.
The thing is, and this is the positive that can come out of this for the Bruins, now they want to win it for him as they want to win it for the City of Boston.
This is what they have been fighting for all season, for several seasons, for their entire lives. They're not going to lose sight of that because they know the best thing they can do is go out there and play the best with emotions involved so they can give Nathan Horton a chance to raise the Stanley Cup.