Marty Turco on M&M: If Canucks don’t win, ‘backlash will be felt for a long time’
|06.15.11 at 1:52 pm ET|
Turco has been a guest analyst for NHL Network since his team was eliminated by the Canucks in the opening round. Chicago, the defending Stanley Cup champion, fell behind 3-0 in the series before rallying to force a Game 7 that Vancouver won 2-1.
Turco made it clear that he doesn’t like the Canucks’ brash style.
“That’s where it really got me, was when we were in Chicago and they’re up in the game, and they’re running their mouths, and they are real cocky,” he said. “Never mind that my team beat them the two previous years, knocked them out. You think they’d learn their lesson and just go about their business, but that wasn’t the case. It was quite interesting to watch us come back and know that we had them. We know that they’re playing differently.
“It was eerily similar in this [Bruins] series. I didn’t see them as cocky as they were going up 3-0 against their arch nemesis, but certainly they faltered. You can’t blame [Roberto] Luongo, you can’t blame just one person. You’ve got to blame everybody, from top to bottom. They just weren’t able to show up on the road.”
Asked about the Bruins’ strategy to get to Luongo, Turco said: “The game plan is always the same: Score often, score early. That would certainly be their best asset. Just continue to put pressure on him, take shots. Sometimes, pucks hit goalies that might not be 100 percent confident early in the game. That’s what they need sometimes. I think he’ll actually play really well. I think it’s going to be another tight game here in Vancouver. I know Bruins Nation would love another blowout. ‘¦ I think it will be a pretty good one.
“They just need to continue to get in front of the net. I don’t think they were doing that early in the series, and certainly on the road. ‘¦ They’re going to have to fight to get in front of the net. We saw those goals, some tip-ins, some screens. Those types of goals are harder to come by, but you just have to follow through and work to get there.”
Added Turco: “The Bruins have a big leg up, and if they can take advantage of it early against Roberto and the Canucks, then they’ll be better off for the rest of the night.”
Luongo has been a different goalie in Vancouver as compared to Boston.
“He is a good goaltender, and he does seem to play well at home. What it says about his mental psyche, I think everybody can draw their own conclusions,” Turco said. “Also, all that being said, I don’t see this place being his comfort zone, either. Maybe his family lives here, but there’s a lot of people putting a lot of pressure on him in this city, too. It’s going to be interesting to see if things don’t pan out for the Canucks tonight, what happens in the summertime and just how things are perceived around here.”
Added Turco: “It’s kind of mind-blowing that the whole Canucks team just didn’t really show up on the road. They just got spanked.”
Luongo made some somewhat critical comments about Tim Thomas after Game 5. Turco acknowledged the comments weren’t malicious, but he was surprised nonetheless.
“Apparently, he wasn’t thinking,” Turco said. “Because if he had thought about it for just a quick second, you just don’t want to say those things. ‘¦ For whatever reason, he came out and said that, even knowing he was going to Boston, where he should have been pulled in both games, and ends up getting pulled again. He did himself and his team a big disservice. But all that being said, a lot of things end up happening through the course of the playoffs, some things you want to take back. At the end of the day, he”s playing for the Stanley Cup in Game 7, and he has a chance to erase all those things and have a big laugh about it later. But I promise you, if they don’t win, the backlash will be felt for a long time.”
Asked for a prediction, Turco brought up the possibility of overtime and said: “You can’t help but cheer for a guy like Tim Thomas and a storied franchise like the Boston Bruins. ‘¦ I can’t root for the Vancouver Canucks.”
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