February 18, 2006
It's Marty's party in Canadian net
BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun
Team Canada's goaltender Martin Brodeur grabs a Canadian flag after Canada defeated Finland 3-2 to win the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto in this Sept. 14, 2004 file photo. (CP PICTURE ARCHIVE/Adrian Wyld)

TURIN -- Martin Brodeur will be in net today for Team Canada and he could be there to stay.

The veteran New Jersey Devils netminder will start against Switzerland after being a spectator in Canada's 5-1 win over Germany on Thursday.

There's a good chance Brodeur will also start tomorrow against Finland in a rematch of the 2004 World Cup final, as well as the rest of the games in the Olympic tournament.

He was also in net for Canada's tournament-opening 7-2 win over Italy on Wednesday.

"I feel good and I feel re-energized," Brodeur said following a light workout yesterday at Palasport Olympico. "That night off was good for me and I feel like I'm ready to go."

Though coach Pat Quinn makes the final decision, he admitted yesterday he will leave it up to Brodeur.

"I'll deal with that as we go forward here and after talking to him," Quinn said. "They are all back-to-back situations and he's our primary guy. If he feels like that second game he'll get it, but right now it's up in the air.

'LONG PICTURE'

"It's not totally up to him. It's a collaborative sort of thing. We talk about the situations and, again, we're trying to look at the long picture. We'd like to finish first, not that we can't with the other two guys."

Roberto Luongo was in goal against the Germans. No. 3 goalie Marty Turco will likely not get a chance to play, but he's not complaining.

"Look, there are a lot of people who are envious of the position that I'm in right now," Turco said. "I'm glad to be here and if I don't get the chance to play, that's fine with me. I'm just enjoying the experience."

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com