An NHL spokesman on Wednesday refused to comment on a story that Chicago Blackhawks backup goaltender Marty Turco placed a wager with a fan during Tuesday's game against the Canadiens in Montreal.
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"We have no comment at this time," a spokesman said.
There's a Twitter photo of Turco, sitting at the end of the Blackhawks' bench, apparently accepting a $5 bill from a fan.
Someone describing himself as a Canadiens season-ticket holder called a Montreal radio station and said the bet was made after Mike Cammalleri put Montreal up 1-0 in the second period.
"I bet him after the Canadiens scored that Chicago wouldn't score again," the caller said.
After the Blackhawks' Patrick Kane tied the game minutes later, money allegedly was exchanged.
"When they scored ... I gave him five bucks," the caller said. "I slipped it through the glass. He took it with no questions whatsoever. I wrote on the $5 bill with a Sharpie, 'Habs rule.' "
"I went triple or nothing after the second period, nobody scored. Into the overtime, I went, 'Marty, I'll give you 5-to-1 the Canadiens win the game.' He took the bet. When the Canadiens scored in overtime, he handed me back a wad of $5 bills. And inside ... was the $5 bill that I gave him that he crossed out 'Habs rule,' and wrote 'Turco rules.' "
In a text to ESPNChicago.com, Turco said: "I gave back his five, and wrote something back, yeah."
The defending champion Blackhawks are fighting for their playoff lives and are in the eighth and final playoff position in the Western Conference. They host the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.
Turco signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Blackhawks, who walked away from Antti Niemi last summer when an arbitrator awarded him a $2.75 million judgment.
It has been a disappointing season for Turco, who is 11-11-3 with a 3.02 goals-against average.