|Bruins-Flyers Live Blog: B’s make Joe Corvo a healthy scratch||03.17.12 at 12:56 pm ET|
|Joe Corvo knows he may be battling for his spot in the Bruins’ lineup||02.28.12 at 12:17 pm ET|
Monday’s defensive additions made Joe Corvo‘s job a lot less safe. He knows that.
In the weeks leading up to the NHL’s trade deadline, it was clear that the Bruins would benefit from adding a defenseman to potentially upgrade Corvo’s spot in the lineup. Corvo’s first (and likely last) season with the B’s has been a disappointment, as he just three goals and 19 assists for 22 points, a step backwards from his 11-goal, 40-point campaign a season ago with the Hurricanes.
On Monday, the Bruins added two defensemen who could compete to take away Corvo’s minutes once Johnny Boychuk is healthy. The most likely candidate is shot-blocking wiz Mark Zanon, with the other addition coming in the form of local boy Mike Mottau. Corvo normally plays on the team’s second pairing with Dennis Seidenberg, but Seidenberg and Zanon, who was second in the league last season with 212 blocked shots, would create a shut-down pair for the B’s.
“You definitely count the numbers and figure out that somebody’s got to sit,” Corvo said. “‘¦It just depends on how everybody’s playing.”
Corvo admits that he hasn’t performed as well with the B’s as he had hoped when the team acquired him over the summer. He’s a free agent at season’s end, and spending the stretch run as a healthy scratch wouldn’t exactly boost his stock once he hits the open market.
“I think I’m old enough to the point where you just play and not worry about [what it means for my next contract],” Corvo said. “You worry about that stuff in the summer time. It’s been obviously a slow year, but I feel like I’ve been making strides lately and playing well, so that’s all I’m concerned about, is just playing well and feeling good about my game.”
Corvo knows Mottau well, as the two were roommates for the World Junior Championships in Finland back in 1998. Now, Corvo knows Mottau may be here to take his job.
“I’ve seen him over the years, too. I feel like I’ve known the guy my whole life, just because I’ve been at USA camps with him and stuff,” Corvo said. “I know what kind of guy he is. He’s awesome, awesome to have in the room. I’m excited to have him here. Maybe it creates a little competition within the D core to be sharper every night and to be accountable, so it’s good.”
Corvo has also been in the news recently for the headshot he took from Kyle Turris in Saturday’s meeting with the Senators. The lack of suspension surprised a lot of people, including Corvo, who went off after hearing the news.
‘That’s ridiculous,” he told reporters Monday. “I think if you look back at the game before [in Boston Jan. 31], I hit him clean in center ice. I made it a point not to get my elbow up in his face. But apparently he didn’t give me the same courtesy.
‘So, let’s just say I’ll be looking for him right off the bat.’
Added Corvo: ‘Two days of walking around, I’ve got a headache. Just because I didn’t lie on the ice and get carted off or miss a period ‘¦ I don’t know. It doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a cheap shot. In my opinion, I think he saw my numbers and he took the opportunity to seek revenge from the game prior.
‘Hopefully he’s a man and he’s going to step up tomorrow when I come after him. I’m not going to try and hurt him, I’m going to try to fight him.’
On Tuesday, Corvo did a little backpedaling, saying that he had “foot-in-mouth syndrome” when he reacted to the lack of suspension.
“It was just a situation where I said to much and maybe put my individual priorities over team priorities, but I haven’t seen the hit,” Corvo said.
The blueliner is feeling better after having headaches the last three days. He’ll be in the lineup vs. the Senators Tuesday, so look for him to make good on his words and find Turris.
|Kyle Turris not suspended for hit on Joe Corvo||02.26.12 at 2:17 pm ET|
The Senators forward delivered a hit to the head of Corvo at the 5:00 mark in the third period in Saturday night’s game in Ottawa. Turris received a two-minute boarding minor for the hit. The league’s Department of Player Safety held a disciplinary hearing for Turris but resulted in no suspension.
Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan said in a statement, “Because there was enough head contact on this hit, the Department of Player Safety felt it was necessary to convene a hearing to examine the play further. After reviewing the video extensively as we heard Turris’ explanation of how the play developed, we concluded that the head was not targeted intentionally or even recklessly and that the circumstances surrounding the hit contributed significantly to the amount of head contact that resulted. We therefore have decided that there will be no supplemental discipline added to the penalty assessed on the play.”
The Bruins host the Senators on Tuesday night at TD Garden.
Here’s a look at the hit:
|Bruins looking to respond to Panthers for handing them rare defeat||12.23.11 at 12:45 pm ET|
The last two months have acted as a search for which teams in the NHL can actually hang with the Bruins. Few can, but the Panthers have proven they’re one of those teams.
Not many teams have beaten the B’s since Nov. 1. In fact, only three have. One of those teams is the Panthers, and they’re in town Friday as the Bruins will look to head into the upcoming Christmas break with a victory over the last team to defeat them.
The Panthers came into Boston on Dec. 8, and played the perfect road game against the B’s. Florida stayed in a scoreless game until late in the third period, when Tomas Kopecky scored with less than three minutes remaining. Kris Versteeg added an empty-netter, and the Panthers left Boston with a 2-0 victory thanks to a shutout from Jose Theodore.
The Panthers remain at the top of the Southeast division, but when the B’s face them Friday, they’ll be a different-looking team. Florida will be without five of the players that skated in the Dec. 8 meeting, and they have seven players out overall. The team is dealing with injuries to Mikael Samuelsson, Marco Sturm, Scottie Upshall, Jeff Skille, Stephen Weiss and Marcel Goc, and are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss Thursday in Ottawa.
Injured or not, the Bruins know well enough not to take the Panthers lightly.
“They’ve got a bunch of injuries right now, so they’ve got a bunch of call ups, but they constantly work hard,” Daniel Paille said Friday. “One thing is you can’t take them for granted anymore, because they’re top in their division. They’re a team that’s going to battle throughout every minute tonight. They showed it last game against us, so it’s going to be tough.”
Since beating the Bruins, the Panthers have had only two of their seven games decided in regulation (2-2-3). Whether it takes more than 60 minutes to accomplish, the B’s want to make sure they give the proper response to their last loss.
“I feel like we’re going to probably feel like we owe them something, so we’re going to play pretty hard,” Joe Corvo said. “No matter who’s in or out of their lineup, they play the same way. They play a good game, so it will be tough. We’ve just got to keep our minds on it and not think about Christmas break.”
|Bruins can’t wait for their next test: Sidney Crosby and the East-leading Penguins||12.05.11 at 10:42 am ET|
It’s the perfect test at the perfect time.
The Bruins have rebounded from a 3-7-0 start and are the hottest team in the NHL. They have 13 of 14 and are unbeaten in regulation since Oct. 29 in Montreal.
The Penguins are the top team in the East and have been the best team in the conference since the start of the season.
Now the top two teams in the conference meet in tonight in Pittsburgh.
“It’s going to be a great challenge for us,” said Chris Kelly, who scored the game-winner on Saturday night. “They are playing extremely well. They have their best player back and he seems like he hasn’t missed a beat. It will be an exciting game for us.”
Of course, the “best player” to whom Kelly refers is Sidney Crosby. He returned from his post-concussion symptoms on Nov. 21 with two goals in a 5-0 win over the Islanders. He hasn’t scored since but he does have 10 assists and the Pens are 5-1-1 in the seven games with him back in the lineup.
“It’s going to be a big game,” Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said. “We haven’t faced them this season yet. Obviously they’ve got a healthy team now. I’m sure it’s going to be a good game.”
Tonight marks the first of four games between the last two Eastern Conference teams who have won the Stanley Cup. The Penguins won on Detroit’s home ice in Game 7 in 2009 while the Bruins accomplished the same feat back on June 15 in Vancouver.
Is this is a “measuring stick” game for the defending champion B’s?
“I think we’re approaching- we’ve got the right mind set going into every game right now,” new pugilist Joe Corvo said. “I feel like we’re playing the same way every game and we’re being super consistent and if we don’t at some point in the game, it gets corrected. I think it’s obviously a good test, they’re in first place so it’ll be an exciting game.”
With a regulation win, the Bruins will be just one point out of the top spot in the East, 15 games after being in the cellar.
“We want to get up there in the standings and this is a game for first place so it’s going to be a big one,” David Krejci said.
There will be no rest after the game, either. The Bruins hop on a plane and go halfway across the continent for a Tuesday night game in Winnipeg.
|Joe Corvo confident he’ll get into games soon||09.23.11 at 2:31 pm ET|
Joe Corvo hasn’t seemed overly worried about the tight groin that caused him to leave Tuesday’s black and white scrimmage and sit out Wednesday’s practice. After the entire team was given the day off Thursday, the veteran defenseman skated Friday and said he is confident that his preseason debut isn’t far away.
“Yeah, for sure,” Corvo said of whether he feels he could get into one of the Bruins’ upcoming games. “I skated today, just to see how it feels. It feels fine. There’s nothing there anymore, so yeah, it’s good. I should be ready. It’s up to the coaches.”
Corvo said Wednesday that the tight groin is an injury he had last year in training camp, and that it was just a sign of fatigue that goes away with a combination of rest and icing.
|Joe Corvo had same groin injury last year, David Krejci leaves practice||09.21.11 at 1:03 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Bruins center David Krejci was the latest player to leave the ice with a tight groin, as he did not finish Wednesday’s practice. Coach Claude Julien revealed that a tight groin was also the reason for Joe Corvo’s exit during the first period of Tuesday’s black and white scrimmage.
“[Corvo] had a tight groin, so before anything happened, we pulled him out and we’re giving him a little bit of rest,” Julien said. “Krejci did the same thing today. We told him to get off the ice, so it’s jut a typical training camp thing that happens. We’re being more cautious than we are being risky.”
As it relates to Corvo, Julien hit the nail on the head with the “typical training camp thing that happens” part. The veteran blueliner dealt with the same groin issue in last year’s training camp, but said that his experience with it is that it goes away quickly with rest and lots of icing.
“It’s something that I had last year too in camp,” Corvo told WEEI.com Wednesday. “It’s just the groin’s tired. It’s kind of telling me to pull back a little bit and give it a couple days rest. I’m sure it will be fine tomorrow.”
Corvo said he experienced pain in the groin after changing directions during his second or third shift of the scrimmage. Neither Krejci nor Corvo will play in Wednesday’s preseason opener, though Krejci was already not in the lineup prior to the injury.