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.
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.
Maybe he's thinking, 'Burrows, well, he's not one of the Sedins,' but Tim also knows that Alex is a real heads-up player, that he's proven it in these playoffs and throughout the last couple of seasons. And, you know what, Alex gave a pretty good look like he was going to shoot it, so Timmy took his ground and, to be honest, there's no better feeling to know you've stood your ground about eight feet outside of the blue and you're going to make that save, and you're going to make it look easy.
You just have to hand it to Burrows for making that move, especially with Chara on him. Maybe it wasn't as hard as the big man would have wanted to be, but from Tim's perspective, he lunged at Alex to try to knock him off balance, disrupt the puck on his stick, and ultimately that took him out of position. It was his secondary move, but between him and Z they couldn't get Alex off the play.
However, I truly believe Tim's decision was made well before that because of the way he's playing. You might overanalyze and say he made a wrong move, but on the other hand he would probably do it again knowing that faked shot is more of a threat with Chara playing against Burrows. Sure, he may play a few feet deeper, but he would still have the aggression to accommodate what he'd like to do.
The puck ended up in the net so he can say maybe I overplayed that one, but if Alex shoots it right into his belly it's a different game. You can't second guess yourself in those instances when you know you'd do the same thing again. It just so happens that sometimes good players are going to make great plays to score goals. It's not going to shake Tim's psyche or erode his confidence. If anything, it may make him think about toning it down with guys that are good at creating time and space.
But, again, part if it goes back to Chara. You want him to be harder on Vancouver. They are talented up front and an in-your-face type team, but he's ultimately the X-factor in negating a play like that because of his reach and his size. I think he can lean on them not just a little bit, but a lot more. He can make life miserable for them, and I expect him to in Game 3. He has the ability and wherewithal to dominate and be more imposing.
In the end, though, it was a beautiful play by Alex. It's a lot packed into those 11 seconds, but that's the beauty of the game. Our game is so great because of those nimble plays that guys can make on skates with warriors, battlers trying to take them down or obstruct them.