Thursday, February 10, 2011
It will be Turco vs. Lehtonen on Friday
By Mark Stepneski
The Dallas Stars will face former teammate Marty Turco for the first time Friday night when the Chicago Blackhawks visit the American Airlines Center.
Turco, who signed with Chicago as a free agent this summer after the Stars decided not to offer him a contract at the end of last season, will get the start in tomorrow night's game.
Stars forward Steve Ott, who played with Turco for several years, was excited about the news about Turco being in net.
"He's starting? That's great," said Ott. "It's going to be exciting. When you get to play against a friend and compete against a friend on a different level it definitely makes it exciting. Like a brotherly rivalry, you always want to beat your brother or your friend. I know he's going be pumped and pretty amped up, so we're going to have to show our 'A' game because he is definitely going to want to be a spoiler."
Turco is obviously looking forward to his return to Dallas, where he was the No. 1 goaltender from 2002-03 up until last season.
"It was a great time in my life," Turco told ESPNChicago.com. "As the game day goes on, I'll get a little more excited and anxious. But come drop of the puck I'm not staring at faces, I'm staring at that little blacking thing out there and trying to give this team a chance to win. It's going to be a fun time and something that's going to be quite memorable. It's the first time I've done something like this in my career."
ESPNChicago. com has a story on Turco here.
Kari Lehtonen will get the start in goal for the Stars.
The Stars say only a few hundred tickets remain for tomorrow's game and it is expected to be a sellout, so get your tickets soon.
A couple of other notes from the Stars' practice today.
James Neal, who played through a stiff neck last night, did not practice. He had a maintenance day.
Mike Ribeiro did not practice. He was at the dentist getting a tooth fixed.
Both Ribeiro and Neal are expected to play Friday, according to coach Marc Crawford.
Toby Petersen practiced with the team today. He's still not ready to return to action, but it's another step forward for Petersen who has been out since early January with a leg injury.