Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010
By Tracey Myers
Marty Turco will get his third consecutive start when the Chicago Blackhawks host the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.
The veteran goaltender got back into net when Corey Crawford fell ill during the Christmas break but hes made the most of it. He was big early against Columbus en route to the Blackhawks 4-1 victory on Sunday and stopped 40 of 43 against St. Louis on Tuesday.
Turcs coming off an amazing game last night, coach Joel Quenneville said on Wednesday morning. Its a good position to be in to have to make tough decisions about our goaltending. For a long stretch its has been very positive.
Its good for Turco, too, whose confidence and game had suffered through November and early December. Crawford earned the starting job and held onto it with his stellar play. Turcos victory on Sunday was his first since Nov. 17 against Edmonton.
There were saves out there that made me feel good about the things that were working on, Turco said after Tuesdays game in St. Louis.
Crawford, meanwhile, said hes starting to feel better from an illness that sapped him over the holidays. Quenneville doesnt expect Crawford to miss a beat once he returns.
Consistency has been part of his game, he said. When he gets back to the net hell be fine.
Troy Brouwer and Niklas Hjalmarsson did not practice with the team on Wednesday morning, taking a maintenance day. Quenneville said both will be ready to play San Jose on Thursday.
Both were missing for about 10 minutes during the second period on Tuesday night -- Brouwer was hobbled after blocking a puck off his left leg, Hjalmarsson left for an unknown reason but both finished the game.
Meanwhile, Fernando Pisani is still out sick; Quenneville said he is doubtful for Thursdays game.
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.