Canadiens fan: Hawks' Turco made $5 wager during game

Tribune reporter

MONTREAL -- Goaltender Marty Turco hasn't played much for the Chicago Blackhawks down the stretch, but that doesn't mean the fun-loving veteran hasn't found ways to have a good time.

According to a Montreal Canadiens season ticket-holder, during the Hawks' 2-1 overtime loss to Montreal on Tuesday night, Turco and the fan engaged in a little wagering.

A fan named "Robert" called into Montreal radio station Team 990 on the "Game Points with Matthew Ross" show and said he bet Turco $5 that the Hawks wouldn't score after Michael Cammalleri had given the Canadiens a 1-0 lead in the second period. After Patrick Kane tied it a short time later, the fan gave Turco a $5 Canadian bill with the words "Habs Rule" written on it.

As the game continued, the bet apparently increased that the Canadiens would win the game. After P.K. Subban won it for Montreal in overtime, Turco allegedly handed over some bills, including the original with the word "Habs" crossed off and "Turco" added so it read "Turco Rules."

Moe Khan, a host for Team 990, posted a picture on his Twitter page of Turco allegedly receiving the cash and also of the bill Turco returned with his name on it.

While the moment appeared to be all fun and games, it could draw the attention of NHL Commission Gary Bettman, who frowns on things like gambling during games.

NHL spokesman Frank Brown said the league was looking into it.

"We are following up to try to understand the circumstances of last night's events," Brown said.

In an e-mail to the Tribune, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said, "No investigation and no action."

Contributing: Phil Hersh

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