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."

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

00:43 - Rob Gronkowski says he's ready to go against the Texans. Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Kayce Smith talk about this risks of him playing while injured.

05:47 - Phil A.Perry follows up the Gronk discussion with a deeper breakdown of Gronk’s decision to play this Sunday.

10:02 - David Price appears to be easing back into baseball after pitching Friday night. Evan Drellich joins BST to talk about Price’s outing in Cincinnati. 

16:12 - The BST crew recaps the Red Sox win over Reds. Drellich returns to analyze how the pitchers performed and how that will impact the Red Sox postseason stretch.  

Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

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Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

This actually won’t be the first time that Danny Amendola had to wait to follow up a strong season-opener with the Pats. 

As the veteran receiver aims to return Sunday from a concussion and knee injury after leaving the Pats’ Week 1 loss early and missing Week 2 altogether, he’ll try to build a Week 1 performance that saw him lead the Pats with 100 yards on six receptions. 

The stop and start is somewhat reminiscent of Amendola’s first year with New England in 2013, when he had 10 receptions for 104 yards in the season-opener. He suffered a groin injury in that game, however, and didn’t play again until Week 5. At least the wait is shorter this time around. 

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“I mean, there’s going to be bumps and bruises along the way, but that’s football, right?” Amendola said Friday. “But I feel really good today, feel strong, so get ready tomorrow and just continue to prepare.”

In that first game back in 2013, Amendola again led the Pats in receiving yards, but it was in a terrible offensive showing for New England. All it took was four receptions for 55 yards to be the Patriots’ best receiver in a 13-6 loss to Cincinnati in which Tom Brady had a rare scoreless game. 

If Amendola can pick up where he left off in Week 1, the Pats will be in good shape. They’re also expected to have Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan ready to go, but Amendola was Tom Brady’s most reliable weapon in the Chiefs game, even though Brandin Cooks made a bigger impact with two pass interference penalties drawn in the red zone. 

Not known for his durability towards the end of his time in St. Louis, this will be the fourth of Amendola’s five regular seasons in New England in which he didn’t play in all 16 games. He played the full season in 2014, 14 games in 2015 and 12 games in 2013 and 2016. 

With Julian Edelman out, Brady could certainly use Amendola’s services as often as possible. That’s especially if he plays the way he did in Week 1. 

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