Corvo: Turris backed down from fight

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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.

Bjork returns to Notre Dame after impressing at Bruins' development camp

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Bjork returns to Notre Dame after impressing at Bruins' development camp

Given that he’s a former fifth-round pick, he’s not a local guy with any Boston ties to speak of and that there isn’t a lot of fancy to his game, Anders Bjork might be a bit under the radar as far as Bruins prospects go right now. 

Still, the 19-year-old Notre Dame forward has been steadily rising among the ranks at the NCAA level and Bjork put on a pretty impressive show at B’s development camp right along with more hyped forwards like Danton Heinen and Jake DeBrusk.

Bjork showed great skating speed and a hard-nosed willingness to battle whether the puck was on or off his stick. Even better, he showed a finishing flourish with the puck whenever he was around the net. He was literally blowing by defenders with his speed throughout drills each and every day at camp, and it was hard not to notice. Time after time Bjork buried those chances earned through speed and tenacity and showed the offensive confidence that saw him lead Notre Dame in points (12 goals and 35 points in 35 games) last season as a sophomore.

“You can tell the guys that have been here. Grizzy [Matt Grzelcyk] has a great week and Anders [Bjork] has a great week because they’re just comfortable in what they’re doing,” said Bruins general manager Don Sweeney. “I mean they’ve played at the college hockey level for two, three, four years in some of these cases. They’re very comfortable in their own skin and in what they do.

"In Anders’ case he gained a tremendous amount of confidence in the World Juniors last year and you can tell he’s carrying that over offensively. He also plays in a very tight system at Notre Dame, so the habits away from the puck are really ingrained in him. Now he’s looking to explore his offensive side.”

The good news for the Bruins: Bjork wants to keep improving on the offensive end and pump up the goal-scoring numbers in his third season with the Fighting Irish. If the week spent at Ristuccia Arena is any indication, Bjork should be lighting it up in Hockey East next season after being a second team All-Hockey East selection last season.

“I’m just working on trying to contribute a little more offensively, and really work on my goal-scoring and offensive abilities like that,” said Bjork, who is a bit of a legacy at Notre Dame with his father, mother, siblings and cousin NHL forward Erik Condra all having matriculated in South Bend as well. “Working on the little things in areas like goal-scoring and playing on the wall are what I’ve been focused on. The feedback from the Bruins has been really good, and really helpful.

“Sometimes they’ll check in after a game or after a weekend of games, and give really helpful feedback. Sometimes it’s even different than what my coach said, so it’s nice to get my viewpoint and sometimes they see things that my coach doesn’t notice. Stuff like that has been really helpful, and has helped me develop as a player definitely.”

Bjork said the Bruins have stressed consistency and greater focus in his game from shift-to-shift and game-to-game and that’s something he clearly took to heart in a dominant week at development camp. Given the rising number of college hockey players that are foregoing the teams that drafted them and become free agents following their senior seasons, one would expect that next season will be Bjork’s last at Notre Dame before signing with the Bruins.

The way that the 6-foot, 188-pound Bjork is improving his game each and every season after being projected a couple of years ago as a possible third-line player in the NHL, the Bruins should be looking to bring him into the Black and Gold fold sooner rather than later. 
 

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