A weird night for Corvo

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A weird night for Corvo

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins InsiderFollow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON -- It had to be a little weird for Joe Corvo.Okay, it had to be a lot weird for Joe Corvo.

The newest member of the Bruins was the only skater in the season openerwho hadnt played for last years Stanley Cup winner, and wasnt part of the emotionalbanner-raising ceremony that took place prior to Thursday nights opening 2-1 loss to the Flyers. The puck-moving defenseman admitted he was sitting in the Bs dressing room alone for a long stretch with nothing to do while the 30plus minute banner processional took placejust minutes before game time.It was akin to a Bruins man without a country.Coach Claude Julien said thatCorvo's teammates made sure to acknowledge their new defenseman before heading onto the ice for their Cup celebration, and there aresimply some things that are unavoidable as the Black and Gold'snew guy.

Corvo is so respected and accepted by his teammates that he understood the situation, said Julien. Everybody went by him on the way out to the banner-raising and gave him a tap and made sure he felt that this was just last years stuff.

"He was good. I mean, for him tosit in the dressing room alone couldnt have been easy either, but he came back. I thought he didnt play any worse . . . than anyone else against the Flyers.

Corvo eventually walked out into the hall and viewed the banner-raising on a television in thecorridor before his Bruins debut, but it wasnt exactly taking achapter out of the hockey player handbook. Nobody can really tell you what to do as a hockey player at game time when the rest of the team is out on the ice taking one last hoist at Lord Stanley's Cup.It really just spoke to the established hockey situation that Corvo is entering into in Boston with both eyes wide open and perhaps the kind of offensive production from the defensemen spot that Corvowill be expected togenerate on the power play. That is, after all, why Corvo is the B's new guy.

The game itself was kind of a rude awakening, said Corvo, who finished with his first assist as a member of the Bruins in 23:01 of ice time. There were normal butterflies before the game.

So how weird or foreignwas it sitting by himself in the dressing room while each one of his new teammates paraded the Stanley Cup around the TD Gardenice before eventuallyraising the banner to the rafters?

It was weird, said Corvo. I was just sitting here. I was about to go get my phone and turn the camera on and say, This is me sitting here in the dressing room all by myself before the game. It was weird sitting in here all alone knowing that youve got to play in another 10 or 15 minutes.

I just couldnt it stand it anymore, so I just got all my stuff on and then watched it on TV out in the hallway. It would be awesome if I could have a Cup celebration, but its a long road.

Corvo, more than anybody, has to be happy that the Bruins have closed the chapter on this past year, and he can stop trying to live up to the ghostsof last years team. Hell be the new guy for the foreseeable future, but at least it wont be all about what happened last season and what he wasn't a part of.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Morning Skate: Sidney Crosby has been a good ambassador as the face of his NHL generation

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Morning Skate: Sidney Crosby has been a good ambassador as the face of his NHL generation

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wishing everybody a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend. 

*Apparently Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette has yet to try Nashville’s hot chicken despite his time behind the Preds bench. It’s okay, I have yet to try it either in my handful of visits to Music City. 

*Good stuff from PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough. Apparently it wasn’t so easy to make Wayne Gretzky’s head bleed when it came time for director Doug Liman to cut Swingers together

*Sidney Crosby cares about the history and the issues of the game, and has been a good ambassador as the face of his NHL generation despite the hate that always comes with such responsibility. 

*Puck Daddy examines Crosby’s performance in the playoffs, and the odds of him winning another Conn Smythe Trophy. 

*The Penguins have made it to the Stanley Cup Final without Kris Letang for their playoff run, and that’s an amazing accomplishment. 

*Erik Karlsson said that he will be tending to his injured foot next week, and expects a full recovery for next season after a brilliant run with his Ottawa Senators

*Larry Brooks again rails against the Stanley Cup playoff structure and it’s relation to an “absurd regular season.” Say what you will, but the fact the Penguins are there for a second straight season shoots down some of the absurdity stuff in my mind. The best team from the East is where they should be and they did it without Kris Letang to boot. 

*Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex Debrincat is confident his abilities will translate to the NHL despite his size after taking home honors as the best player in junior hockey this season. 

*For something completely different: Apparently there’s a hard core comic book geek gripe that “The Flash” is burning through bad guys too quickly. This would make sense if they couldn’t revisit these bad guys at any point, but they absolutely can go back to a big bad like Grodd anytime they want. 

Playoff run ends for Providence Bruins, but some promising signs

Playoff run ends for Providence Bruins, but some promising signs

It was the longest run that the P-Bruins have had in a few years and another unmistakable sign that the future is brightening for the Black and Gold, but the Bruins AHL affiliate has ended their playoff push in the Calder Cup semi-finals. 

The Providence Bruins fell by a 3-1 score to the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday night to lose to the Crunch in five games when the best-of-seven series was set to return to Providence this coming week. The P-Bruins had vanquished the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and Hershey Bears in the first two rounds of the Calder Cup playoffs before finally exiting against Syracuse. 

Though it’s over, it’s clear some of the Bruins prospects made a nice step forward over the second half of the AHL season and then into the Calder Cup playoffs. With the Calder Cup Finals yet to start, B’s forward prospect Danton Heinen stands as the second-leading playoff scorer in the entire AHL with nine goals and 18 points in 17 playoff games after really struggling in the first half of his first pro season while bouncing back and forth between the NHL and the AHL. 

This could bode well for the skilled Heinen and his hopes to make the leap to the NHL in the near future after a stellar collegiate career at the University of Denver. AHL journeymen-types Wayne Simpson and Jordan Szwarz were the next two top scorers for the P-Bruins in the playoff run, but Jake DeBrusk had a strong playoff season as well while popping in six goals in 17 games. DeBrusk led all Providence players with his 54 shots on net in the 17-game playoff run for Providence, and he headlined a group that included B’s prospects Ryan Fitzgerald, Zach Senyshyn, Matt Grzelcyk, Peter Cehlarik (who succumbed to shoulder surgery during the playoffs), Emil Johansson and Robbie O’Gara all getting some vital playoff experience. 

Both Heinen and DeBrusk will be strong candidates for jobs on the wing with the Boston big club when training camp opens in the fall after strong showings in the postseason. 

On the goaltending side, Zane McIntyre was solid for the P-Bruins at times while in 16 of their 17 playoff games with a .906 save percentage. But it was Malcolm Subban that was playing at the very end of the playoff run for Providence and featured a sterling .937 save percentage in the four AHL playoff games that he appeared in this spring after an up-and-down regular season. McIntyre had an .857 save percentage and 4.37 goals against average in the final series against Syracuse, and looked a little spent like many of the other P-Bruins players once they’d unexpectedly made it to the third round of the AHL postseason.  

The only unfortunate part of Providence’s run is that newly signed youngsters Charlie McAvoy and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson couldn’t be a part of it after signing and then appearing in NHL games following a cut-off date for AHL playoff rosters. Both missed on an experience that could have been very conducive for their professional development, and uncovered a wrinkle in the NHL/AHL transaction process that really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for a developmental league.