Corvo: Turris backed down from fight


Corvo: Turris backed down from fight

Joe Corvo had plenty of angry, threatening words for Kyle Turris after the Sens forward launched off the ice to throw a flying elbow at the defensemans head Saturday night in Ottawa. The Bs defenseman was hoping Turris would man up and drop the gloves in honorable hockey fashion to atone his dangerous hit in the corner, but then backed away from those comments 24 hours later leading into Tuesday night's game.Then both Corvo and Turris both didn't exactly drape themselves in "Old Time Hockey" bravery when confronting each other again Tuesday night at TD Garden.

Corvo said he suffers from foot-in-mouth disease sometimes, and that was the case when approached about Turris actions during last weekends trip to Ottawa. Of course the veteran Boston defenseman was still upset about the dangerous hit, and Corvo went looking for No. 7, Turris, on the open ice at TD Garden.

Corvo told reporters following the game he had every intention of throwing down with Turris after the offensive forward had side-stepped the disciplinary process, but the youngster refused to answer the bell. Colin Greening approached Corvo on the first shift of the gameand passed along the message that Turris wasnt interested in a hockey fight on Tuesday night.

His teammates said he wasnt going to fight me, so thats it, said Corvo, who also added that the league didn't contact him pre-emptively about potentially going after Turris on Tuesday. I wasnt going to be the idiot chasing him around.

WhileBruins defenseman still appeared angry after Tuesday's game, Corvo wasnt exactly playing like an angry man against a new-sworn enemy during shifts when both players were on the ice. He never truly punished on Turris as the two engaged in a handfulof one-on-one battles over the 60-minute game, and Corvo never really lowered the boom on the young upstart despite several chances to do so in a clean, honest hockey way.

Instead it was up to Lucic to settle all scores and debts, and he did itwith a song in heart while rocking Turris world. The Bs power forward was called on a delayed penalty for slashing Erik Karlssons legs, so he decided to make it worth his while.Lucic made a B-linestraight toward Turris and knocked the finesse forward off his skates sending a message it wasn't cool to mess with his teammates. It sent a couple of messages: don't mess with the Bruins as long as Lucic is around and Corvo's bark seems to be much worse than his bite.

Haggerty: Subban looking more like a 1st-round bust than NHL goalie

Haggerty: Subban looking more like a 1st-round bust than NHL goalie

BOSTON, Mass – Malcolm Subban says that he believes that he can still be a No. 1 goaltender in the NHL.

While that’s admirable on some level for the sheer, brazen self-confidence involved in saying this after getting yanked from a 5-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden, pretty much all of the evidence points out the contrary. Nearly two years after getting pulled from his NHL debut in against the St. Louis Blues after giving up three goals on six shots, Subban was pulled from Tuesday night’s appearance after giving up three goals on eight second period shots with the Bruins desperately in need of a quality start in goal.

He maintained a defiantly confident tone after another humbling NHL effort against Minnesota, and that’s a testament to the maturity and mental toughness of the person behind the goalie mask.

“It sucks. Obviously, I’m just trying to finish the game, let alone win one. Obviously it sucks, but what can you do now, right?” said Subban, who has now allowed six goals on 22 career shots faced in two starts. “Obviously I want to be a number one goaltender in the league. I was a high pick for a reason. I have the potential, and I just have to show it. Obviously I haven’t done that so far yet, but I think I’m getting closer to it. Honestly, I think I can do it right now. I just got to show it. Obviously, I didn’t [do it] today, but tomorrow’s a new day.”

Given the stunningly bad quality of his two NHL starts combined with a thoroughly pedestrian body of work at the AHL level over the last three years, there is literally zero tangible evidence Subban is tracking to be a franchise goaltender. Instead he’s the emergency goaltender called on by the Bruins only after Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin have both been shelved by injuries, and he’s now flunked the two pop quizzes when the NHL team needed him to come through.

Meanwhile, a sizeable selection of goaltenders taken after him in the 2012 NHL Draft class have already proven their NHL worth and broken through at the elite level: Matt Murray, Frederik Anderson, Connor Hellebuyck and Joonas Korpisalo.

Subban was hoping all along to break through this season in Boston, but things went south on him quickly with a Bruins team not playing well in front of him. The first goal was a fluttering Charlie Coyle shot that trickled between his glove hand and the top of his leg pad. The third goal was a softie low and to the glove side, power play strike authored by Ryan Suter. It added up to poor goaltending and shoddy defense, but it also added up to a Bruins goaltender that didn’t even give his hockey club a chance to win.

“It could be a combination of both. There are some goals – I’m not going to lie – there are some goals that we thought our goaltenders should have had. But I’m not here to talk about a goaltender who’s in one of his first few games because he let in a couple of bad goals,” said Julien. “We were terrible in front of him and we weren’t any better, and that’s the big picture. That’s more important.

“I don’t care who’s in net. I think when you have some injuries you need to be better in those situations and we weren’t good enough tonight. It doesn’t matter if Tuukka [Rask] is in net and we had injuries up front, or we’re lacking players here or there. You’ve got to let the system take care of the game. If you play it the right way, you have a chance to win. When you don’t, you don’t. That’s what happened [against Minnesota].”

There’s no question the defense in front of Subban wasn’t nearly good enough, and Adam McQuaid and Torey Krug in particular struggled to lock things down in the defensive zone. The wide open shots from the slot - like the Chris Stewart score in the second period that arrived 12 seconds after Minnesota’s opening goal - are indicative of a hockey club that’s not sticking to the game plan once things start to get a little wonky.

But this is about a player in Subban that should be entering the NHL stage of his career after being a first round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, and anybody would be hard-pressed to see him as an NHL goalie after failing in each of his first two NHL starts. Combine that with the lack of dominance at the AHL level over the last three years, and there’s a better chance that Subban will be a major first round bust for the Bruins rather than suddenly develop into a late-blooming No. 1 goaltender in Boston.

The scary part is that Subban and fellow young netminder Zane McIntyre are all the Bruins have for Wednesday night’s game at Madison Square Garden, and perhaps longer than that if Rask can’t make rapid progress with his lower body injury.

Maybe Subban can be a bit better than he’s shown thus far, and the four goals allowed to Minnesota were not all his fault. The bottom line, however, is that Subban should be up for doing this job right now. Tuesday was a big chance for the young goalie to make a statement that he was ready for it.

Instead he looked like the same goalie that’s been pulled from two of his first four AHL starts this season, and plays like a goaltender that’s never going to truly be ready for the call in Boston.