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From the Backups: Boston and Vancouver Goalies Speak Out

06/03/2011 at 6:41pm EDT

Vancouver Canucks’ Cory Schneider in his NHL blog today:

Practice was tough today. A lot of pucks were going in during that 3-on-0 drill, so I was kind of frustrated at the end. You just have those days when guys are making good shots. Sometimes everything that can go in and does go in. You deal with it, but today was a particularly tough day. We’ve done that drill plenty of times and I’ve made plenty of saves. I’m more mad myself than anything. I need to mix in a save or two.

After Kevin Bieksa scored on me, he wiped out while skating backwards. It may have seemed funny to people looking on, but I thought he was hurt. I was just making sure he got up all right. After that, though, it was funny.

More here.

And from the Boston Bruins’ Tuukka Rask some observations after Game 1:

Obviously, it’s a little harder at this stage as things get crazier. It’s a Canadian city, obviously, and we dealt with that in Montreal. It’s the Final, too. You kind of expect all the excitement. The fans here love their team and love hockey, so we knew what to expect. You just have to be ready for that or it can be overwhelming.

The rink here is always really loud. I remember when I played back here in 2007 in World Juniors, it was almost the same way when we played against Canada. Yesterday, obviously, their fans were really loud and they got the band in the stands going and it was a great atmosphere.

I think that house band thing was a great idea. Maybe we’ll have to work on some matching thing when we get back to Boston.

Links: Cory’s Story and Behind the Rask

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