Corvo: Turris backed down from fight

Corvo: Turris backed down from fight
February 29, 2012, 7:16 am
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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.