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Turco time in Tampa

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Turco time in Tampa

TAMPA Its Turco time tonight in Tampa.

Marty Turco gets his first start in a Bruins uniform and hes excited to show his wares after making 20 saves in the final two periods against the Pittsburgh Penguins last weekend in his Bs debut as mop-up man.

Turco was the first goaltender off the Tampa Times Forum ice at Tuesdays morning skate and confirmed following the skate hed be getting the call between the pipes.Its the perfect time for Turco with Tim Thomas fighting back obvious fatigue following nine straight appearances for the Bruins, and a 3-4 record to go along with a 3.60 goals against average and .860 save percentage in seven appearances during the month of March.

Its time for Turco to come in and help us out. We saw from the last game that he was in pretty decent form: competitiveness and everything else, said Julien. So hes got to step up and help us win a hockey game here.

Its also a flood of feelings and emotions for the 36-year-old Turco, who wondered if hed ever get back to the NHL when the offers dried up this season following a subpar year with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The veteran netminder hung in there with TV analyst gigs and a few weeks playing for the Red Bulls in Austria, and now hes playing for a Bs hockey club that desperately needs points and victories. Its the kind of high-pressure situation among a group of talented teammates that he hoped hed himself in at least once more before calling it a career.

It almost got to the point where this wasnt going to happen, said Turco. You do what you can to stay in shape, practice and go to Europe late in the year. When the deadline comes and goes you get resigned to the fact it might be over. But as excited and anxious as you are with all of the emotions go rolling through your head and not taking anything for granted as much any more you realize that its about a great opportunity for our club to get back on the winning page.

Its up to me to give them a chance and give Timmy a chance to get some rest. Its not just about giving them a token game, but going in at a high level and giving them a chance to win. Thats what I expect out of myself. Ive put the work in and I feel as ready as Ill ever be.

Turco Time begins tonight for the Bruins against a high-powered Lightning attack and, in this case, needed victories will be akin to rave reviews.

Morning Skate: PK Subban rightly recognizes O'Ree as a hockey pioneer

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Morning Skate: PK Subban rightly recognizes O'Ree as a hockey pioneer

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading, while wondering when my video tribute is coming.

*Great interview with PK Subban, who appropriately lauds Willie O’Ree for his trailblazing, pioneer accomplishment of breaking through the NHL’s color barrier 60 years ago today. It was very cool that O’Ree did it with the Bruins and even cooler that he was in Boston last night from the Bruins-Habs game at TD Garden.

*Speaking of the Canadiens, old friend Joe Morrow decided to show the Canadiens digital people around Southie this week. That was his big accomplishment in these last two Bruins-Habs games.

*The Winnipeg Jets are having some big success this season, but they’ve also got some serious financial considerations coming up.

*The Colorado Avalanche continue to see attendance issues in their building, but at least there’s a reasonably better product on the ice.

*What is the value for power forward Patrick Maroon on the trade market as a rental? It certainly matters who is asking.

*Jack Johnson and John Tortorella are talking out their issues after it surfaced that the Columbus D-man wants a trade out of town.

*With Victor Hedman injured, it looks like young Tampa Bay D-man Slater Koekkoek is finally going to get a featured look with the Lightning. Per Elliotte Friedman, this is a player that the Bruins have eyed in trade possibilities in the recent past.

*For something completely different: Liam Neeson is open to returning as Qui Gon-Jinn, which adds another interesting piece to a standalone movie for Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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Adam Butler to Jalen Ramsey: 'Be humble or be humbled'

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Adam Butler to Jalen Ramsey: 'Be humble or be humbled'

FOXBORO -- The Patriots are well aware of Jalen Ramsey's Super Bowl prediction, and they're not about to take the same approach to the AFC title game buildup. 

"If you're going to make a statement like that," Patriots rookie defensive tackle Adam Butler said on Wednesday, "you better be able to back it up . . . It's a bold statement to make. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. But like I said, be humble or be humbled. That's all I can really say about that."

As that quote made the rounds, Ramsey tweeted an emphatic "WHO!???" Didn't seem to be a coincidence.

What Ramsey said, though, is part of who the Jaguars are. They're young. They're confident. They're not afraid to talk. 

"I ain't got too much to say, but y'all make sure you bring that same energy out here next week and the week after," Ramsey said in Jacksonville following his team's plane ride back from Pittsburgh on Saturday. "We're going to the Super Bowl and we're going to win that [expletive]."

Outside of Butler, the comments have garnered little in the way of public commentary from Patriots players. 

"I mean, obviously, that's his game," Patriots cornerback Eric Rowe said of Ramsey. "He's a confident dude . . . Obviously, they're happy to go to the championship game, but, you know, that mindset of thinking ahead of yourself, I don't think it's a good idea . . ."

"We saw what happened to the Steelers. But on our end, obviously, we're not thinking ahead to the [Super Bowl] because we have to get past [the Jaguars]. So, we heard it, but we're not too focused on it because we have to focus on doing our job for the game."