Turco ready for emotional return to Dallas


Turco ready for emotional return to Dallas

Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011
Posted 5:39 p.m. Updated 8:24 p.m.

By Tracey Myers

EDMONTON, Alberta When Marty Turco walks back into Dallas American Airlines Center on Friday morning, hell likely take the same route he did for nine seasons as the Stars goaltender.

Hell probably walk the same hallway and see a lot of the same crew and trainers. And then hell keep on walking, for the first time, into the visitors locker room.

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Itll certainly be a strange trip for Turco, but a memorable one as hell start against his old team in his old stomping grounds for the first time as a Blackhawk. Turcos wife and three children were already in Dallas when the Blackhawks were scheduled to land on Thursday evening. Hes been looking at this day on the Blackhawks schedule for a long time.

Thereve been plenty of thoughts, probably since the day I knew I wasnt going to be back and the schedule came out, Turco said. It seemed like it was a long time away until February but that was probably a good thing. I was getting used to a new team, city and surroundings.

All that aside, its going to be a big game, period, he said. On top of it Im sure therell be some emotions, but I think Ill be all right handling them.

Patrick Kane said he talked to Turco about going back to Dallas on Wednesday night.

He said he was there nine years and nothing changed, from the security guards to the way he walked in to the guys who helped him with his equipment, Kane said. Ive never been on that side, but growing up a huge Sabres fan, I felt like I was part of that team in my childhood. But its pretty cool. Im sure hes going to put forth a good effort.

And Turco will have some good fun at his old teams expense. He said he wouldve liked to have played the Stars when they came to Chicago earlier this season to get some of the slashing I need to do out of the way. But I guess Im just going to have to do it all in one night.

Stars captain Brenden Morrow, Turcos best friend, said hell be prepared.

Itll be tough on my calves. Hes pretty good with the stick, Morrow told the Dallas Morning News. But itll be different. Ten-odd years or so, everything we went through together. Itll be a little weird.

For Turco, its a journey to the past and it has a lot of memories, most of them good. There were the great regular-season marks, the 2008 run to the Western Conference Finals and the longtime friends still in that locker room. He and Morrow have been best friends for years.

We spent a lot of time together, probably more than any two men should in a hockey relationship, Turco joked. But there are a lot of guys in that locker room that I had a chance to see grow up or grow up with and go through the ups and downs. Thats cool. Those are the memories you make when you wrap up a career.

Turco was a longtime fan favorite in Dallas. Given the way his time ended there, he should probably get a good reaction from the crowd.

We all want rose petals and foghorns you know, he said with a smile.

Turco admits hell deal with the emotions early. After that, itll be business as usual. The Blackhawks are in a situation where points take precedent over reunions pretty quick. Still, Turco will enjoy the moment for what it is.

It was a long time there, he said. From when they drafted me in 94, I had dreams of playing for the Stars and had a good run with them. It was a huge chunk of my life. My time has come and gone, and this is just a fun moment and a memorable one.

Hossa questionable

WATCH: Coach Q insists Hossa isn't hurt again

Marian Hossa has the flu and is questionable for Fridays game against the Stars. Replays showed Hossa took a Ladislav Smid elbow around the chin area in Wednesdays 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. But coach Joel Quenneville said Hossas status had nothing to do with the hit. Hossa traveled separately from the team to Dallas.

Froliks introduction

WATCH: Hawks get steal in Frolik

Newly acquired forward Michael Frolik met the Blackhawks in Dallas on Thursday and will play Friday against the Stars. Where he fits into the Blackhawks lines, exactly, isnt known yet.

You have an idea, some things you want to try, said Quenneville, who added some depends on Hossas status for the game. We might be experimenting a little more tomorrow than we anticipated. There are a lot of options.

Tracey Myers is's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Blackhawks remember Dave Bolland for more than just '17 Seconds'

Blackhawks remember Dave Bolland for more than just '17 Seconds'

The Blackhawks are honoring one of their own on Friday, with Dave Bolland set to skate “One More Shift” with the organization. He will join the team on the ice during the anthem, and will be featured throughout the game commemorating his time in Chicago.

When you think of Bolland, the first thing that pops up into the minds of fans is his game-winning goal in Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins. Or, better known as the second goal of "17 Seconds."

But his former teammates remember him for more than that.

"He was awesome," Patrick Kane said. "He was one of those guys who played a third-line role for like his whole time here and just really did well with it. I remember the line with him, [Martin] Havlat and [Andrew] Ladd really took off in 2009 and obviously [Dustin] Byfuglien, him and [Kris] Versteeg were a good line in 2010. But just the way he played, he got underneath the other team's skin, especially their star players. Wasn't afraid to chirp, wasn't afraid to get into the mix, especially with his size and the way he was built.

"But yeah, some great moments, some big goals, a lot of big shorthanded goals, you can obviously remember his 17 seconds was unbelievable as well, that's a goal I'm sure he'll never forget. We'll never forget that celebration too, so it's awesome he's getting honored."

Bolland, who earned the nickname "The Rat," is perhaps best known for the role he played in the Blackhawks' playoff series battles with the Vancouver Canucks. His line frequently drew the defensive matchups against Daniel and Henrik Sedin, and he's the one player who really knew how to throw both twins off their game at the same time.

"I think he's kind of like Shawzy," Jonathan Toews said. "He's one of those guys that fans here in Chicago really like. Aside from scoring goals and the plays that he made over the years in the playoffs, he was one of those guys that you loved having on your team that other teams hated. He found ways to chip away at their best players and get them off their game. He was good at a lot of little things like that, so he was a big part of those winning teams."

Andrew Shaw was teammates with Bolland for only two seasons, but they won a Stanley Cup together and Bolland was one of the best and knowing his role and perfecting it.

"One of the best at his job," Shaw said. "He played that shutdown centerman. I always thought he had the shortest shifts. His shift lengths were so short just 'cause he would play so much against top guys that he'd want to be so well-rested while he was out there. ... He was skilled enough to chip in offensively as well.

"That's the type of player he was. He'd play against the top guys, he'd shut them down, he'd be that little rat himself, just try to get them off their game as well as outworking them."

Bolland spent seven of his 10 NHL seasons in Chicago, where he registered 168 points (70 goals, 98 assists) in 332 games. He was drafted by the Blackhawks in the second round (No. 32 overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft.

Friday will mark the first night honoring the 10-year anniversary of the 2010 Stanley Cup Championship, which ended a 49-year drought in franchise history. The first 10,000 fans on Friday will receive a Marian Hossa bobblehead.

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Robin Lehner to start in goal for Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets

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Robin Lehner to start in goal for Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets

Robin Lehner will start in goal for the Blackhawks when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night, coach Jeremy Colliton confirmed after morning skate. It will be his second start of the season.

In his season debut against the Winnipeg Jets, Lehner stopped 30 of 33 shots for a save percentage of .909 in a 3-2 overtime loss. He gave up a 5-on-5 goal, power-play goal and overtime goal at 3-on-3. Overall, he was solid.

"Everyone wants to play all the time," Colliton said of the dynamic between Corey Crawford and Lehner. "Whether it's a goalie, forward or D, they play better when they play more. That's just the standard answer. But we've had a little bit of a lighter schedule. We're trying to make ... we want both guys going because we're coming up on a stretch where we're playing a lot of games, so we're going to need them both."

Lehner is 5-3-0 with a 1.97 goals-against average, .945 save percentage and one shutout in eight career appearances against the Blue Jackets. 

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