Quenneville likes what he saw in Turco’s play
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Sun-Times Reporter February 3, 2011 12:58AM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Coach Joel Quenneville won’t make his goaltending plans known for the Blackhawks’ road trip to Western Canada until today, but he was happy with Marty Turco’s play Tuesday against the Blue Jackets.
“He was good; he battled,” Quenneville said. “We gave up the lead, and he did some good things and kept us right in there.”
Turco, who was playing for the first time since Jan. 16, surrendered a goal on the first shot he faced in Columbus, but he felt better as the game went on.
“I certainly did,” Turco said. “The third [period] was a battle for me. I was really tired. I haven’t been feeling my best physically. It was kind of a battle, but it was just nice to play, see shots, stay low and track pucks.
“Certainly, there are a lot of things you can work on. For me, just getting out there and playing, it was a highlight.”
For the second time this season, a period prematurely ended for the Hawks. Officials sent the Hawks and Blue Jackets to their locker rooms with 39.6 seconds left in the first period Tuesday after the Nationwide Arena lights flickered and dimmed.
On Jan. 12, the glass cracked above the boards at the United Center against the Colorado Avalanche with 2:07 left in the second period. Both teams were sent to the locker rooms.
In both instances, the periods were finished with a fresh sheet of ice before the following period started.
“There’s been a couple of times I’ve seen it, but overall [it’s been] a long stretch of time,” Quenneville said.
“In both instances, I would have preferred to be playing it out. When you’re ahead, you’d rather do it right away.”
Patrick Kane didn’t like it.
“It’s kind of tough to end the period and then come back on the ice,” Kane said. “I’d rather have them fix what’s needed and just finish up.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen that once in my career, let alone twice in the same year.”
The Hawks stayed in Columbus an extra night because of the blizzard, but flew back to Chicago on Wednesday afternoon. They leave for Vancouver today.
† Center Jake Dowell sat out practice Wednesday in Columbus after blocking a shot with his ankle Tuesday. He’s expected to play Friday against the Canucks.