I despise Sean Avery. I think all goalies, including the ones on his team, hate Sean Avery. He’s a pompous ass who deserves to have his head forcibly inserted into said ass by an opponent. But the NHL has no place in handing down any suspension, let alone six games. It was a stupid public comment and should be addressed by his employer but the real retribution should come on the ice.
I don’t know for sure but I have to assume from his interview afterward that even Stars goalie Marty Turco has no use for Avery and would like to see him dealt with in a more appropriate manner. Of course Turco remembers what Avery did to Marty Brodeur last season and to Rangers’ goalies Henrik Lundqvist and Steve Valliquette this season. Do you really think Turco is going to side with Avery over fellow Olympians Brodeur and Lundqvist?
Avery getting in the face of Brodeur in '07-'08 playoffs
Avery pestering Lundqvist earlier this season
Avery yapping at Valiquette during warmups
Sports Illustrated provided a pretty good tour around (almost) all of the masks in the league. If you get to Jose Theodore’s Capitals mask and think “that’s just an Avs mask with a Caps decal added to it” you’re right. Apparently a new one showed up but didn’t fit and had to be sent back. I love that Marty Turco has home and away masks. I still don’t know why Tim Thomas has the extra wires at the bottom of his cage. With all the incredible detail in some of the masks, Marty Brodeur’s almost seems like a vintage design now. Putting a Rangers’ jersey on the Statue of Liberty is just plain cool… I’m surprised it hasn’t been done before. Apparently Ty Conklin liked Marc-Andre Fleury’s mask so much when he was in Pittsburgh last year he thought it would look good in Detroit colors this year. Cristobal Huet’s new Blackhawks mask isn’t completely original but it sure is beautiful. And after all these years, Cujo’s is still classic.
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As the Dallas Stars prepare for their return to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2000 a lot is being made of Marty Turco’s career record against the Red Wings (2-10-5). Even more is being said about his record at Joe Louis arena in Detroit (0-7-2; 3.17 GAA). Should Stars fans be worried about a goalie who is playing in his first conference final? Hardly.
For a few years Turco has been considered one of the top goalies in the NHL but he has consistently faced criticism for only winning one playoff round since he assumed the starting role from Ed Belfour in ’03. This year he has delivered the type of goaltending required in the playoffs with a 1.73 GAA and a .923 save percentage. Not to mention the best game of his life in stopping 61 shots against the Sharks in their 4OT thriller in game seven.
So which Marty Turco will the Wings see in game one on Thursday? The one who’s winless at the Joe as a professional or the one who led Michigan to two NCAA titles and used to love playing college games at the Joe? According to Turco himself it’s the latter: “(the Joe) has a lot of great memories for me, not just the disappointing ones in the NHL. I’m really looking forward to going back there and looking to have some more success.”
It’s always seemed like it was just a matter of time before Turco took a leading role on the Stars and it appears that time is now.
If you’re a Sharks fan you probably don’t want Marty Turco anywhere near your team or the Shark Tank right about now. Turco is leading the Stars on a powerful playoff push through the state of California. (As an aside, who ever thought the road to the Stanley Cup would require stops in California???) Earlier this season Turco took advantage of an extended road trip on the east coast to do a number on Matt Niskanen’s car. Despite the NHL’s minimum salary of $450,000 Stars rookie Niskanen is driving an old Pontiac Sunfire, complete with manual windows. Check out Turco’s version of Pimp My Ride when he “borrows” the keys to the rookie’s car.