Chicago Blackhawks Insider: Revisiting the Marty Turco Discussion

Bryan DietzlerSenior Analyst IDecember 4, 2010

CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 30: Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks lets a shot by Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues slip past for a 3rd period goal at the United Center on November 30, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Blues 7-5. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Some time ago, I had written an article about whether or not Chicago Blackhawks goalie Marty Turco was the right person to have in the net for the Blackhawks.  As I had expected, I received a lot criticism for my thoughts on Turco and his struggles in the net.  At that time I am sure that it was well-warranted.

Now, Blackhawks fans can’t seem to get enough of having goalie Corey Crawford in the net.  The Blackhawks put him in as the net minder in the November 26 game against Anaheim (his last time in the net before that was on November 20) and left him in the net for three straight games.  When Chicago put him they won three straight games.

During that three game winning streak, Crawford had a total of 75 saves and allowed seven goals.  His save percentage (on average) in those three games was .908 which is pretty good (Turco’s save percentage in his last three games was .887).  The Blackhawks have obviously liked what they saw in Crawford, so they made the switch.

Now, we come to last night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks.  The Blackhawks decided to put Turco back in the net and see what he could do.  What was the result?

The Blackhawks lost to the Canucks 3-0.  In that game, Turco had a save percentage of .833 and had 15 total blocked shots (out of 18 shot attempts).  

Was it just a bad night for Turco or are the Canucks that good?

Granted, there are other factors that can lead to a loss.  Poor play by the defense, an inability to keep the puck on the opponent’s side for a majority of the game and so on.  Is this loss an indication of poor play on behalf of Turco or was it an overall team effort?

Is it just a coincidence that the Blackhawks lost with Turco back in the net after a three game winning streak (with Crawford)?

Fans have their preference as to who they would like to see goaltending for their team as do the coaches and players.  It makes sense to always have the best goalie in net and but it’s impossible to keep the same guy (good guy) in the net all of the time.  You have to switch goalies out depending on injury, the kind of team that you are playing and also base it upon which player is hot and which player isn’t.

Before they took Crawford out for the Canucks game, he was hot.  He had helped the Blackhawks win three in a row and was otherwise doing well before he got pulled.  Was it a good idea?

You would always hope that your team would do whatever it took in order to win games.  As fans, do we think that the best option for the Blackhawks is to have Turco in the net or should they give Crawford more chances to help the team?

What is your opinion?  Who do you think the Blackhawks should keep in the net on a regular basis?  Should it be Crawford or should it be Turco?