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Blackhawks goalie Marty Turco back in the net vs. Avs

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DENVER -- Blackhawks goalie Marty Turco will be making his first start in more than a week Monday against the Colorado Avalanche.

Turco got the nod from the coach Joel Quenneville over Corey Crawford, who is 7-0-1 in his last seven starts.

"Both guys are going to play," Quenneville said. "It's a chance for him to get back in the net. He's coming of a game in Vancouver. It was a tough loss, but he did a good job. [Crawford] is doing a great job as well. It gives him a chance to play and we like the options we have right now."

Turco has lost his last three outings. His last victory was his 18-save shutout of the Edmonton Oilers in the first game of the circus trip.

Crawford had a hot streak going, winning seven consecutive starts before falling to the San Jose Sharks Saturday in overtime. He started six of the Hawks' previous seven games.

"[Monday night] the only battle will be turning the brain off because it's been on for a little while," Turco said.

"It makes you think a bit more. You're not getting into rhythm playing lately and getting out there and whacking the posts. It still hasn't been that long since I played. I played a few games over my career that I can lean on and get back in there and play. More than anything, I'm just excited to help this team continue to collect points and win on the road and just do my part."

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