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Turco to make his first NHL start in over a year

Mar 13, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

Marty Turco allowed two goals on 22 shots in relief of Tim Thomas on Sunday, but also made some pretty impressive saves.

It was enough to convince Bruins coach Claude Julien that it would be safe to give Tim Thomas a game off.

“It’s time for him to come in and help us out,” said Julien of Turco. “We saw from the last game that he was in pretty decent form. I liked his competitiveness and everything else. He’s got to step us for tonight and help us win a hockey game. What we need here is a little bit of urgency — not panic, but urgency — and try to get some wins.”

This will be Turco’s first NHL start in more than a year. Turco is 36 years old, but he will probably be able to extend his NHL career if he’s solid for the Bruins during the final weeks of the season.

As a team, Boston has lost four of their last six games and the Ottawa Senators are threatening to surpass them in the Northeast Division. The Bruins could definitely use a win against Tampa Bay on Tuesday to stop the bleeding before the situation becomes much more problematic.

  1. sabatimus - Mar 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Best thing for the team right now. Thomas has looked worse and worse since being required to shoulder all of the load–Turco was considered strictly a contingency plan. But now that Turco played most of a game and played well, and Thomas has given up a lot of goals, it makes sense to get him in there. Of course, the Bruins as a team haven’t been all that great since Thomas’ skipping the White House and Facebooking all over the place.

    • 8man - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:56 PM

      I thought the same thing. Give Thomas a rest, put in Turco, hope for the best. And after less than 5 minutes of play, it was 3-0 Lightening.

      Yikes! This is not good. What do you do now if your are Juien. Leave Turco in to take his lumps and hope he shakes it off or go right back to Thomas. If it’s me, I don’t put Thomas in until they 5.

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