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Turco settles down after shaky start

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- He admitted after the game he wasn’t feeling well, and after giving up a goal on the first shot he saw, Marty Turco must have felt worse.

But the Chicago Blackhawks surprise starter coming out of the All-Star break got better as the game went along.

“I certainly did,” Turco said after the 7-4 win. “The third [period] was a battle for me. I was really tired. I haven’t been feeling my best physically. It was kind of a battle but it was just nice to play and see shots.”

He saw plenty of them, 33, and stopped 29.

“It’s never great giving up four, but we won and showed a tremendous amount of character and battle to do so,” Turco said.

Turco bailed out his defense often, both after turnovers and odd-man rushes.

“The ice was bad; I think with the humidity and maybe some rust off the break,” he said. “It certainly wasn’t a great game with the puck on the ice but it doesn’t matter.”

Slappers

  • Brent Seabrook fell hard after a collision with R.J. Umberger in the third period.

    “I don’t know if he had body position but we both sort of went at each other pretty good and I got the worst end of it,” Seabrook said.

    Seabrook thought the timeout coach Joel Quenneville called with the Hawks trailing in the second period was key.

    “Q was obviously trying to stop the momentum and sort of give us a kick in the butt,” he said. “We have a good group in here and a group that wants to respond after something like that.”

  • Quenneville summed up a sloppy first game after the All-Star break.

    “I thought both teams gave up higher quality than you would like,” he said. “We have to be better than that without the puck and defensively."

    But there was some good, especially the finish.

    “We’ve had trouble with third periods all year,” Quenneville said. “Keeping the lead tonight..we did some good things.”

  • Duncan Keith scored his first power-play goal of the season during a two-man advantage in the first period.

  • Troy Brouwer fought Marc Methot to a draw in the third period. It was Brouwer’s second fight of the season.