Turco getting up to speed with Bruins

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Turco getting up to speed with Bruins

WILMINGTON -- Marty Turco has only one start under his belt with the Bruins, since signing with the team two weeks ago.

Essentially, Turco is the injured Tuukka Rask's replacement. But his presence hasn't exactly given Tim Thomas the rest he'd be given if Rask was healthy.

But after some extended time practicing with the team, Turco believes he's getting caught up to the speed of the NHL game again.

"I feel probably better conditioned now," said Turco, who was wearing his brand new bright yellow pads at Tuesday's optional skate.

Bruins coach Claude Julien agreed that Turco has improved since the time he got here, and since his lone start against Tampa Bay last week.

"There's no doubt. And when he's been facing the kind of shots that he's been facing now for an extra week, he keeps getting better," said Julien. "And I think that's why he's putting in the extra time. He wants to get his timing on, and the timing here versus the timing in Austria is not the same. We've got the best shooters in the world playing in this league, so, that's something that he's willing to do.

"He's got a great attitude. He's not afraid to work. He's not afraid to put the extra time in. And that's huge for us, because we're probably going to need him down the road here."

Because he was signed after the trade deadline, Turco can't play in the playoffs. But he's prepared to help get them into the postseason as best he can, and he hopes it started on the upcoming West Coast trip.

"It's a little different twist on it, but hey, it's part of the gig," said Turco. "And I'll do my best to be ready and to give myself that chance. But I look at it more as a Boston Bruin, and to give these guys continued success to get on the horse, and when I get in there, to not have a dip in play. That's really what drives me."

Gostkowski named AFC special teams player of week

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Gostkowski named AFC special teams player of week

FOXBORO -- It's been an uncharacteristically erratic season for Stephen Gostkowski, but on Sunday the Patriots Pro Bowl kicker was dialed in. And his four field-goal performance against Los Angeles earned him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. It is the second time this season and the fifth time in his career that Gostkowski has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, having also won the award after the first game of the season at Arizona. 

Gostkowski's missed four field goals so far this season. He hasn't missed four in a year since 2012 when he missed six field goals. He's also missed three extra points. While the Patriots were a little downcast about the inability of their offense to close out drives against the Rams, an ancillary benefit was undoubtedly Gostkowski having a day that should boost his confidence going forward. 

Belichick shares Pearl Harbor thoughts on 75th anniversary of the attack

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Belichick shares Pearl Harbor thoughts on 75th anniversary of the attack

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick's connection to the Navy has been well-chronicled in this space and others, and so it comes as little surprise that he gladly took the opportunity to discuss Pearl Harbor and its aftermath when given the opportunity during a press conference Wednesday, the 75th anniversary of the attack. 

"Yeah, pretty big day in our history," Belichick said. "Certainly in Naval history. But for me, the lesson on Pearl Harbor, and for us as a team and individually, I'd say, is not what happened on Dec. 7 -- although there was a lesson there -- but the response.

"What the response was from our nation, from our military, from our civilians, from our population, to battle the world on two fronts and win both of them. Think of what this country did under [President Franklin Delano] Roosevelt's leadership, as well as multiple military leaders, and then go fight in Europe and go fight in Southeast Asia and Japan, the response to what happened on Dec. 7, 1941 is pretty impressive.

"I remember my dad talking a lot about that, when it happened, when he found out, then when he went to the Navy and went to Great Lakes, and then eventually went to Europe and eventually went to Okinawa. It was a tough time for this country, but it was a great example of the Patriotism of our citizens, men, women, fighting together, pulling together and being victorious in a lot of different ways.

"It's special. Special day . . . Tough day for the Navy, though, but they responded. They bounced back. Battle of Midway, that was really a huge turning point. Had it not gone on the way it did. I don't know, it probably would've been a longer fight." 

Before delving into his response, Belichick mentioned that documentary filmmaker and former WJAR sports reporter Tim Gray, who once covered the Patriots, has done a great deal of work on World War II. Gray's latest documentary, "Remember Pearl Harbor," will debut on 125 PBS stations throughout the country today.