Marty Turco to start for Hawks

Updated: December 2, 2010, 3:23 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Despite Corey Crawford winning all three games on the Chicago Blackhawks' current streak, coach Joel Quenneville announced Wednesday that Marty Turco will be in net for Friday's game against the Vancouver Canucks.

"We want to keep him going, and we know he wants to play as well," Quenneville said of Turco. "I know Crawford won the game, but I still think keeping them both active and giving him a chance to play after that last game is something we're looking forward to doing."

Turco, who signed a one-year free-agent deal this summer after the Hawks parted ways with Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Antti Niemi, last saw the net four games ago in San Jose, where he gave up four goals in a 5-2 loss to the Sharks.

"The story of why I'm here hasn't changed one iota," Turco said after practice on Thursday. "The way we were plugging along here we weren't going to be in the playoffs.

"Corey gave us a great spark, was on a good run. We have a better chance of being the playoffs than we did a week ago. That's what I'm all about."

Turco said he feels like his game has another level to reach, and he didn't "wallow" in his time off. He used it to get better.

"Come Friday, I have to do my part to keep this string alive, to continue to gain confidence at home, and to give our fans what they deserve," he said.

Turco is 8-7-2 with a 2.90 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. Crawford has won five consecutive starts after beginning the season 1-4. He has a 2.38 goals against average and a save percentage of .914.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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