Turco makes most of second chance in net

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Turco makes most of second chance in net

ANAHEIM, CA Marty Turco badly wanted to atone for his abysmal performance against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and he didnt want his NHL career to potentially end on the sour note of being pulled four minutes into a game.

So the 36-year-old bided his time and worked diligently in practice, and then finally got his chance once again when Tim Thomas was given a day of rest on the second night of back-to-back games against Pacific Division foes. For a player with as much professional pride and big experience as Turco, there had to be little doubt hed be as ready as his still-considerable skills would allow.

After watching Turco on Sunday afternoon against the Ducks, his skills will still allow quite a bit.

Turco finished with 29 saves and survived a firestorm at the end of the third period to hold on for a 3-2 victory over the Ducks at the Honda Center. It was the former Dallas and Chicago netminders first NHL victory since Feb. 11 of last season, and he was giving it up to the defenders around his net.

When I first got here this team wasnt firing on all cylinders. They werent playing like they can and imposing their will. Team defense is what makes this team tick and the team defense comes with an attitude, said Turco. Its a real treat to have these guys out there and not just the defense. With five seconds left you have one of the strongest men in the world holding the puck in the corner. Its a treat to have that working on your side.

With that defense forming a wall in front of him, Turco was able to withstand some of Anaheims inevitable attack once they got down by two goals in the second period. Teemu Selanne was able to sneak a tipped puck by him in the second, but Turco looked quick and confident with his glove hand snaring a Bobby Ryan wrister in the slot here or a Francois Beauchemin point blast there.

More important than the personal victory for Turco or the fact the Bruins took two out of three on their Pacific Division road trip, the Boston backups win means a couple of different things: Bruins opponents will be seeing much more of the School Bus yellow goaltending pads Turco had custom-made and Tim Thomas will be getting ample rest down the stretch.

This is only the first full game with us and he didnt play much before. Hes practiced hard for the last few weeks . . . really hard. Hes put in the time, said Claude Julien. It was nice to see him get rewarded with a solid effort.

Turco has redeemed himself for monumentally stubbing his toe against the Lightning and even managed to hold onto his stick for 60 minutes against an NHL opponent with some legitimate weapons. Now the aged goaltender will go about doing his job for the rest of the regular season knowing that there is no playoff rainbow at the end of the journey for him.

This is a tight-knit group that makes you feel comfortable. You can see why they win given the way they handle themselves in the locker room, said Turco. Sure its a little disappointing that I wont be in the playoffs, but Ill take the bittersweet opportunity after losing during the playoffs in Europe. Right now Im back in the NHL and its a special place to be. Im thinking about that more than anything else.

With his victorious performance against the Ducks, Turco announced to everyone hes back in the NHL and ready to go.

Ortiz's winning HR fulfills his promise to young fan

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Ortiz's winning HR fulfills his promise to young fan

David Ortiz's exploits with the Red Sox over the years can easily be described as "Ruthian."

That description became more fitting and Big Papi's legend grew Friday night when Ortiz made like the Babe by promising and delivering a home run to young fan named Maverick. 

Ortiz connected with a two-run shot over the Green Monster in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and give the Red Sox a 4-2 victory over the rival Yankees. 

Here's the video Ortiz and former Red Sox teammate Kevin Millar, now with the MLB Network, made for Maverick before the game.

And here's Maverick's response, via Millar:

 

Kraft on Brady: Patriots 'will continue to have Tom's back'

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Kraft on Brady: Patriots 'will continue to have Tom's back'

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said the organization "will continue to have Tom's back" in reference to Tom Brady's four-game Deflategate suspension being reinstated.

Here's an excerpt of what Kraft, speaking Friday night at the Patriots draft party in a video on the team website, Patriots.com, told fans: 

“Number one, there is no finer ambassador for the game of football, and the New England Patriots, than Tom Brady. We always have had and will continue to have Tom’s back, especially when he’s being treated unfairly and he knows that.”

"All the decisions that this organization and I personally have made throughout this ordeal have been focused on putting Tom in the best possible position for success.

“Number two, I have been in constant communication with Tom over the past 16 months and we’ve had numerous conversations this past week. We are both on the same page and he knows exactly where my allegiances, and the total team’s [allegiances] are, relative to the extremely unfair discipline that he has been subjected to.

“I share in our fans’ anger and frustration with the penalties the league has levied, and the entire process and how it was conducted. But please trust that I am always trying to do what I believe is best for this franchise, and pledge that I will always continue to do that.”

After the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision reinstated Brady's four-game suspension imposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, it appears Brady is preparing to continue his legal fight against the penalty. 

Former Patriots players appear to have Brady's back, as well.