By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
Joe Corvo can guarantee one simple thing.
If he gets the puck while manning the point on the power play with a sliver of an opening, Corvo is going to let the puck fly.
The Bs power play was an exercise in futility and frustration last season while struggling through the regular season, and things really bogged down with the passive Tomas Kaberle on the man advantage. Everybody knew that Kaberle looking pass as his first, second and third option, and wasnt going to tee up any slap shots from the point even with a clear lane to the net.
Kaberle looks for the pass and looks to set guys up, said Corvo. If the shot is there Im going to take it most of the time. Power play goals arent usually those cute tic-tac goals. Power play goals are rebound goals and the more you hit the net and put it on goal, the more guys are going to be around the net and scored.
The Bruins coaching staff has pinpointed the passive point approach as one of the items to be improved on this seasons power play, and the former Carolina Hurricanes and Ottawa Senators defenseman is somebody that can help in those areas.
Obviously weve tried to bring in some personnel that we think is going to help us with the power play, said Claude Julien. Joe Corvo is a guy with a very heavy shot and hes always been known as a good power play guy. This past season it was a combination of things. It wasnt about pointing the finger at one thing or one person, but it was about a bunch of different things.
The one thing that we did see was the shooting from the point. We werent doing enough of that in certain games and we were encouraging certain players to do that. We saw that when we did that it worked for us.
Corvo fired off 191 shots while potting 11 goals for the Carolina Hurricanes last year, and has managed double digit goals three times in his career as a skilled offensive blueliner.
Armed with a nice heavy shot, Corvo will serve that role on the power play and would have ranked third in the Bruins in shots attempted last season behind only Zdeno Chara (264) and Patrice Bergeron (211) if hed been with the Bruins.
That kind of aggressiveness is exactly what the Bs are looking for and should get from Corvo provided the 34-year-old veteran can stay healthy long enough to skate somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 games.
From what I hear Im expected to play some power play time and bring some power play shots, said Corvo. Just moving the puck and skating the puck, and bringing some offensive flair to it while working with some of the offensive skill guys.
That in and of itself should allow the Bruins to improve a power play that succeeded only 16.2 percent of the time during the regular season and scored on only 10 out of 88 chances during the postseason.
The pressure shouldnt be all that high on Corvo because its pretty difficult to be any worse than that for the duration of this season, and good power play days should be dead ahead for the Bs.