To say he busted out of his slump may be an understatement. Kyle Turris
was recognized by the NHL on Monday for his stellar performance over the span of a four game stretch with the Second Star of the Week for the week ending March 17.
Turris, who busted out of the gates this season with four goals in his first four games, cooled off to end January and through February as he went 21 games without scoring. Despite receiving praise from Sens Head Coach Paul MacLean for his play off the puck.
The 23 year old finally broke out this week with four goals and two assists for six points in four games.
From the official NHL release:
Turris recorded points in each of his four games, tying for second in the League in points (six) and third in goals (four). He scored one goal in regulation, plus Ottawa's lone marker in the shootout, in a 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins March 11 and collected one assist in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens March 13. Turris then helped the Senators pick up a pair of weekend wins, posting three points (2-1—3) and the overtime winner in a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres March 16 and netting his eighth goal of the season in a 4-1 triumph over the Winnipeg Jets March 17. In 29 games this season, he leads Ottawa in both goals and points (19).
After Sunday's win over the Jets, Coach MacLean said that he thinks Turris has adjusted to dealing with the attention that comes with being a team's number one centre, and that the offence will start to reflect that. If this past week has been any indication, Sens fans have a lot to look forward to.
With Jason Spezza's prospective return believed to be in the near future and Turris' game rounding into form, the Sens' oft-discussed scoring woes may be coming to an end very soon.
At the very least, seeing plays like this are quite a bit of fun.
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