Turco time in Tampa

Turco time in Tampa
March 13, 2012, 7:36 pm
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TAMPA Its Turco time tonight in Tampa.

Marty Turco gets his first start in a Bruins uniform and hes excited to show his wares after making 20 saves in the final two periods against the Pittsburgh Penguins last weekend in his Bs debut as mop-up man.

Turco was the first goaltender off the Tampa Times Forum ice at Tuesdays morning skate and confirmed following the skate hed be getting the call between the pipes.Its the perfect time for Turco with Tim Thomas fighting back obvious fatigue following nine straight appearances for the Bruins, and a 3-4 record to go along with a 3.60 goals against average and .860 save percentage in seven appearances during the month of March.

Its time for Turco to come in and help us out. We saw from the last game that he was in pretty decent form: competitiveness and everything else, said Julien. So hes got to step up and help us win a hockey game here.

Its also a flood of feelings and emotions for the 36-year-old Turco, who wondered if hed ever get back to the NHL when the offers dried up this season following a subpar year with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The veteran netminder hung in there with TV analyst gigs and a few weeks playing for the Red Bulls in Austria, and now hes playing for a Bs hockey club that desperately needs points and victories. Its the kind of high-pressure situation among a group of talented teammates that he hoped hed himself in at least once more before calling it a career.

It almost got to the point where this wasnt going to happen, said Turco. You do what you can to stay in shape, practice and go to Europe late in the year. When the deadline comes and goes you get resigned to the fact it might be over. But as excited and anxious as you are with all of the emotions go rolling through your head and not taking anything for granted as much any more you realize that its about a great opportunity for our club to get back on the winning page.

Its up to me to give them a chance and give Timmy a chance to get some rest. Its not just about giving them a token game, but going in at a high level and giving them a chance to win. Thats what I expect out of myself. Ive put the work in and I feel as ready as Ill ever be.

Turco Time begins tonight for the Bruins against a high-powered Lightning attack and, in this case, needed victories will be akin to rave reviews.