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Hawks turn back to Turco in goal

by Brian Hedger /
CHICAGO – If it's bothering Marty Turco that rookie goalie Corey Crawford has gotten the bulk of work for the Chicago Blackhawks of late, it's hard to tell.

Turco, 35, will get the start tonight at home against rival Vancouver after sitting for the past three games – all wins by Crawford. The 25-year-old won his most recent outing, against St. Louis, despite allowing five goals.

Both Hawks goalies have beaten the Canucks this season -- Turco on Oct. 20 in a shootout at the United Center and Crawford 7-1 on Nov. 20 at Vancouver.
"All I want (is to) get in there and make a difference," Turco said. "Those are the things that make my world go round. I think the best thing for any of us is to continue to play well and win. Whatever happens after that, just wait and see."
In 18 games, Turco has put up an 8-7-2 record with a 2.90 goals-against average and .904 save percentage. Crawford is 6-4-0 in 10 games, with a 2.37 GAA and .914 save percentage.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville likes the competition that Crawford has created for Turco. He hopes the inner battle for playing time makes both better.
"Everybody wants the net and it's competitive in nature," Quenneville said. "Everybody wants to do well, and coming off a couple games (off), we expect (Turco) not just to have a response but be on top of his game and play well. It's a test here at home and a good team we're playing against."
Vancouver (13-7-3) has the League's top power play, clicking at 26.4 percent (23-for-87) and also has one of the League's most productive lines with Daniel Sedin (28 points), Henrik Sedin (29 points) and Alex Burrows (4 goals, 7 points).
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