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Turco gets a little antsy, but he picks up victory

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



Marty Turco anticipated some tough moments Sunday against the Nashville Predators. After all, he hasn’t played too much for the Blackhawks recently.

“I knew tonight was going to be a battle for me, no matter what, with not playing for a while,” said Turco, who allowed two power-play goals in the first period. “I just wanted to win so bad.

“Sometimes I found myself lunging forward, wanting it, when the whole game is more about sitting back and waiting, trusting myself and my teammates and making saves that come my way and not going after it.”

Turco made 20 saves — only five in the third period — in his first start since Dec. 30. He got his second win in his last four starts when the Hawks rallied with four goals in the third period.

“That third period was huge for us to pull it out,” Turco said. “They did me a big favor, for sure.”

It wasn’t a surprise that Turco got the nod. Coach Joel Quenneville said it was an option when he initially discussed his goaltending plans days ago. Quenneville recently had a chat with Turco, who was relegated to backup duties when Corey Crawford emerged in late November.

“He’s doing everything he can to keep his game in order where he gets a chance to play because things can change quickly in our business,” Quenneville said. “He knows that. He’s doing everything he can to keep sharp.”

Shutout thoughts

As impressive as it was, Crawford didn’t sound too enthused about his shutout streak after it ended in the shootout loss Saturday night in Nashville.

Crawford’s shutout streak ended at 176 minutes, nine seconds when Jerred Smithson scored at 9:46 in the third period.

It was the longest streak by a Hawks goalie since Tony Esposito went 192:29 from Jan. 16 to Jan. 30, 1972.

“I don’t care; I could care less [about the streak] as long as we get two points,” Crawford said. “At least we came out of [the game] with one [point]. We could have had two there.”

Crawford’s streak ended seconds after Jordan Hendry got tangled up with Predators winger Joel Ward and fell to the ice, leaving Smithson with a great opportunity virtually all alone in front of the net.

“Our guy fell down; I don’t know what happened,” Crawford said. “It was just a bad bounce.”

Slap shots

With Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook spending time in the penalty box, rookie Nick Leddy, 19, played 42 seconds on the penalty kill.

◆ Center Jonathan Toews said the Hawks’ four All-Stars — himself, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Keith — cast their votes for the captains of the All-Star Game, which takes place Jan. 30.



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