Julien: Corvo not the 'weak link' for B's


Julien: Corvo not the 'weak link' for B's

BOSTON -- It was inevitable that a Bruins defenseman was going to go down at some point, and that meant much-maligned blueliner Joe Corvo was going to get another chance.

Corvo had been scratched for the last six games, and the Bruins had won five of those contests while getting their regular season plan back on track. Corvo was also a minus-4 with three points in nine games during the month of March, and had regularly been suffering defensive breakdowns from the neutral zone and through the D-zone during that time period.

Dennis Seidenberg suffered a cut on his leg out of action on Thursday night against the Capitals, and that gives Corvo a golden chance with the postseason looming.

Theres no denying the Bruins are a stronger defensive team with Corvo on the sidelines, and thats borne out in the fact Boston hasnt allowed more than two goals in the six games without him. But Claude Julien still believes Corvo has something to bring to the table, and said his offensive abilities to move the puck and man the power play are something Boston needs.

Joe was pulled out when our team wasnt going well. Id say that its been easy to pick on him. But Joe does a lot of good things offensively and he makes good plays, he skates well and thats something our team is always needed. Joe knows that when we work with him its more about working in the corners battling and not getting beaten back in front of the netthose kinds of things in tight around our net area.

But the other part of his game has been good. Hes as mobile as any defenseman we have here . . . probably one of the best. He skates the puck up the ice well. Hes got a lot of good assets to his game.

The Bs coach seemed to be beating the same drum with Corvo this season as he did during the regular season and playoffs with Tomas Kaberle last year.

Its what a coach must do when one of his players as struggling. Julien is standing up for an embattled player that didnt seem all too pleased to be watching the last six games from the press box.

With the fact that he was pulled out when we werent going well, I know a lot of people have kind of assumed hes the one that was the weak link, said Julien. He wasnt and hopefully he has an opportunity to show that tonight.

This much can be agreed upon: Corvo was part of the defensive problem rather than the solution, and the four goals scored in 70 games isnt all that impressive given that the defenseman was touted as a puck-shooting force when he was brought in to Boston. With Seidenberg out, Corvo has an opportunity to show what he can do. Its up to him to play like hes got something to prove.

Ola Kamara scores twice as Crew beat Revs, 2-0


Ola Kamara scores twice as Crew beat Revs, 2-0

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ola Kamara scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season and the Columbus Crew beat the New England Revolution 2-0 on Sunday night to keep their playoff hopes alive. 

Columbus (7-11-11), which played in the 2015 MLS Cup, is ninth in the Eastern Conference, but only five points behind D.C. United for the final playoff spot. New England (9-13-9) is seventh, one point back. 

In the 42nd minute, Kamara slid a shot through the legs of defender Darrius Barnes and it got past a diving Brad Knighton. Kamara added a penalty-kick goal in the 84th after he was nudged from behind by London Woodberry. 

Kamara has scored five times in the last three games and leads all MLS newcomers for goals scored this season. He trails New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips by five goals for the MLS Golden Boot. 

Revolution forward Kei Kamara made his return to Mapfre Stadium after being traded from the Crew in May. 

Kevin Walsh: An unforgettable encounter with Arnold Palmer


Kevin Walsh: An unforgettable encounter with Arnold Palmer

With the passing of Arnold Palmer, CSN's Kevin Walsh looks back on an unforgettable encounter he had with the golf legend

It was May 2000.  I had just finished playing golf at Pebble Beach.  I walked out of the clubhouse and a Lincoln Town Car pulled up to the putting green, Arnold Palmer hopped out. It was as if he’d fallen out of the sky. 

I had my tape recorder with me and asked if I could ask him a few questions about being a caddy in his younger years in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. 

“Yes, but I have only about five minutes,” he said.

I was very nervous and having trouble putting the cassette tape into the recorder.  He eventually took it out of my hands and did it for me. 

My nerves were gone.

So we’re talking and the door to The Lodge bursts open and a guy yells “Hey Arnold!  We’re in the bar having a beer!”

“Well,” Arnold yells back, “Order me one!”

Arnold was hard of hearing.  He saddled up next to me, and tilted his head so I could talk right into his ear. I couldn’t believe I was talking directly into Arnold Palmer’s ear. He was practically stepping on my feet. He wore tiny hearing aids that were only visible if you were as close as I was.

After ten minutes of talking, I reminded him that he had friends waiting, and a beer that was probably warm by that time.  He wanted to make sure that I had enough.  I did and I was beaming.  I’m not sure my feet touched the ground on the walk back to the car.