– When the postseason rolls around, Boston Bruins goaltender Marty Turco
won’t be eligible to play since he signed after the trade deadline.
But just over a month ago, after losing in the playoffs in Austria, Turco wasn’t sure if he’d play again. For now, he’s relishing his opportunity with the Bruins.
“I will be a little disappointed, but at the same token I didn’t think I could sign after the deadline so it was all a little bittersweet,” Turco said. “But I will take the opportunity because I lost in the playoffs in Austria and thought that was over for hockey this year, or forever you don’t know.
“So I take it day-by-day and it comes, and then when it doesn’t maybe I’ll get a little bit more sad. But right now I’m back in the NHL, it’s a special place to be, never mind playing for this group and these guys. I’m pretty fortunate, and I think it falls into that category more than anything else.”
Turco’s stint with the Bruins got even more special last night, as he turned away 25 shots to lift the Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
After a rather strong relief appearance against the Pittsburgh Penguins, followed by a tough start against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Turco lasted the entire duration of Sunday’s game and made some flashy saves
to hold off the Ducks.
“It was good, this was his first full game with us,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said. “He didn’t play much before and he’s practiced hard for the last few weeks – really hard, and putting in the time and it was nice to see him rewarded with a solid effort.”
The Bruins jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with goals from Zdeno Chara
and Benoit Pouliot
just 1:29 seconds apart in the second period, before Ducks veteran Teemu Selanne scored with just over 10 minutes to play in the period.
However, Bruins forward Brian Rolston
answered with a goal of his own with 6:54 left to stretch the lead back to two for the Black & Gold.
But the Ducks battled to the final whistle, and Lubomir Visnovsky scored with 2:29 left to make it a one-goal game.
Nonetheless, the Bruins prevailed. With 5.9 seconds left Patrice Bergeron
won a faceoff in their own zone, Chara protected the puck along the boards as time expired and Turco earned his first win with the Black & Gold.
“It was a good sight to see, five seconds left and you got the strongest man in the world holding onto the puck in the corner,” Turco said. “It’s a treat to have him working on your side.”