– When Marty Turco
took over in the second period for teammate Tim Thomas
against the Pittsburgh Penguins, it wasn’t exactly the way the Bruins goaltender envisioned getting his first dose of playing time with his new team.
However, despite coming in with his team down 3-0, Turco was ready to step up and put his team in a position to win.
“But that’s your job,” Turco said. “To be ready and get in there and give guys a chance to win no matter if you start or whenever you’re playing.”
Turco finished out the game and made 20 saves, and allowed two more goals as the Penguins beat the Bruins 5-2 at the Consol Energy Center.
“The general sentiment for me [is] maybe don’t look at the big picture, but in a small way it really felt good to get in there and play again,” Turco said. “But I’ve always maintained [a] play to win [mentality]…I was disappointed. We played hard – we had opportunities to close the gap. We got to figure this out quick.”
The last time the 11-year veteran played a game in the NHL it was also a relief appearance and he received a no decision March 17, 2010 against the Dallas Stars when he played with Chicago.
“It’s what we do. It’s in the job description,” Turco said. “And you never know, I’ve played this game for a long time and things do happen, and I think the respect I have for the team over the last 15 or 16 months or so would suggest I’d be utmost ready if need be.”
Aside from all the attention of coming in during the middle of the game, Turco said he felt good on the ice.
However, he did admit that it was a bit of a change from the Olympic-sized sheets he was playing on while he was in Austria.
“Every minute I felt a little bit better, a little bit more comfortable,” he said. “It’s all a little different, a change of scenery. Just becoming a little bit more accustomed to it is the goal, making saves will probably help with the mental game. It’s all about confidence.”
Establishing confidence was part of the reason Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien put Turco in, and he also said he felt it was the right time to give him a chance to play.
“When you’re down by three goals against Pittsburgh, kind of give a guy an opportunity and we wanted to see how ready he was,” Julien said. “I thought he did a great job, he certainly gave us a chance when he was in net.”
Perhaps the highlight of Turco’s day came on the save he made on Jordan Staal in the second period.
Stall broke loose along the boards and snapped a shot on Turco, who made a rolling, twirling save
to keep the puck out of the net.
Turco said that saves like that are easy to forget about in the middle of a game, but will help establish his confidence over time.
But for Bruins captain Zdeno Chara
and the rest of the team, a save like that was huge for the team’s energy.
“Any time a goalie makes a great save, it gives energy to a team and kept us in the game,” Chara said.
However, it wasn’t just that one save that stood out to Chara, and he said he was pleased with Turco’s effort for the remaining 40 minutes.
“I thought he was really good, he made some really big saves for us. He’s such an experienced goalie, and you could see he handles the puck really well, making nice plays and helping on breakouts.”--- Anthony Gulizia