Carle blog: Have to let Game 1 go

Flyers defenseman Matt Carle has blogged regularly, and exclusively, for the Daily News during the NHL playoffs on

Carle, 25, is in his fourth NHL season and his second as a Flyer. Carle captured two NCAA national titles in three seasons at the University of Denver, where he became the only junior defenseman to ever win hockey's Heisman Trophy, the Hobey Baker Award, in 2006. Carle is just one of 11 players in NHL history from Alaska and resides in Minnesota in the offseason.

Here is today's edition:

The overtime in Game 1 was pretty crazy. It just seemed like the play was going back and forth. Both goalies came up with some huge saves. But I think we’re a confident team. Even though we lost the game, we felt like we got better as the game went on.


In the playoffs, you can’t let a loss like that get to you. You’ve got to be ready for Game 2. You need to let a Game 1 loss get out of your head.


We had a quick team meal back at the hotel after the game, since it was still pretty early with the 12:30 game. After that, we got a chance to catch the Kentucky Derby on TV and then watched a little bit of the Vancouver / Chicago game before we got a bite to eat again for dinner.


I watched a lot of the Shane Mosley / Floyd Mayweather fight. I can’t pretend to know a lot about boxing but I like watching the big fights. It’s always interesting to watch a guy like Mayweather, someone who has a pretty flamboyant personality. It’s fun to watch him back that up.