Welcome to the club: Corvo drops the gloves

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Welcome to the club: Corvo drops the gloves

The points havent arrived fast and furiously for Joe Corvo on the power play this season like many people expected they would.

Corvo doesnt have a single goal on the season in 24 games despite the big shot from the point position in the power play formation, and there has been a healthy dose of frustration despite 10 assists and a plus-8 rating over that time.

Yeah, goal-wise. I'm getting chances . . . but I'm just, for some reason either missing the passes or shooting wide, Corvo admitted. I'm getting a lot of shots but I don't know. It is what it is.

So when Toronto energy forward Joey Crabb took a run at Corvo midway through the third period in Saturday nights 4-1 win for the Bruins over the Leafs, Corvo did something hes never done in his NHL career.

The Bs defenseman dropped the gloves in anger for the first time in 592 games and started throwing punches with Crabb.

It wasnt an extended bout and there werent exactly haymakers being tossed around, but his Bs teammates were impressed that Corvo stepped out of his comfort zone to defend himself at the proper time.

It's the right building to do it in front of, said Corvo. I think everybody likes to see that once in a while so, get a little fight out of one of the guys who don't normally do it.

I mean I'm not scoring goals so I got to do something to try to stand out or something positive so I'll just fight my way out of this I guess.

The Bruins defenseman is known much more for his puck-moving abilities and his offensive skills, but his first fight also stands as one of his first official moments of becoming a Bruin.

He wants to be part of this hockey club and he wants to be part of the identity and making sure he stands up for himself, said Claude Julien. I could be wrong but I heard this was probably his first NHL fight. It might be, and if it is, its nice to see him stand up for himself.

He could have easily walked away from that and let it be. But hes seen our team, how we handle ourselves and how we solve our issues on our own, we dont wait for anyone else to do it.

Corvo was also out on the ice for a monster shift by the David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton line where the group of five Bruins players pounded the Leafs with dominant possession in the offensive zone. The Bruins used their size and strength to dictate terms to the struggling Leafs defense, and dominated the third period of a one-goal game entering the final 20 minutes.

The Leafs were so rattled and exhausted by the tilting of the ice that they were forced into calling a timeout to rest their exhausted skaters that couldnt get off the ice for a changing of forwards or defensemen. Perhaps it was frustration at their inability to win battles against the Bruins that precipitated the fight, but whatever the reason Corvo and the Bs got the last laugh after his first round of NHL fisticuffs.

The long shift kind of seemed like a moment where we were kind of silently saying 'try and hang with us,' kind of like a challenge, said Corvo. We were out there, you notice they're tired and it's kind of like a shark seeing blood in the water and we tried to take advantage of it. We tried to help keep them pinned in the zone. And those are fun moments for me. It's fun to be involved in that stuff and be involved in offense.

Even more fun than dropping the gloves for the first time in a long and productive NHL career before he officially became a Big Bad Bruin.

Bruins' skid continues in 6-3 loss to Lightning

Bruins' skid continues in 6-3 loss to Lightning

BOSTON – The Bruins are doing it again. 

With a team that was badly in need of a win, the Bruins couldn’t get any separation from the Tampa Bay Lightning before ultimately sagging in the third period on the way to a deflating 6-3 loss at TD Garden on Thursday night. 

It marks four losses in a row for the Black and Gold with Thursday night as the worst among them, and doesn’t extinguish any of the concerns that Boston is in another late-season tailspin. 

Jonathan Drouin beat Tuukka Rask with a shot from the face-off circle that dipped underneath his glove hand for the game-winner, and Nikita Kucherov added the final two goals to give him a hat trick for a Bolts team that snapped their own three-game losing streak. 

This game had all the warning signs after a nondescript first period with the Bruins giving up goals immediately after they scored three times in the second period. The first was a David Pastrnak power play strike for his 32ndof the season, and the Lightning struck 44 seconds later with a Brayden Point rebound score after a big breakdown by Boston’s best players on the ice. 

Zdeno Chara again gave the Bruins a short-lived lead on a shorthanded goal in the second period, but Tampa Bay responded with a blistering Nikita Kucherov one-timer just 24 seconds later with the Bolts still on the power play. Boston scored again on a Riley Nash wraparound bid that he threw off the diving Victor Hedman in the crease, and Boston had a brief one-goal lead once again. 

It was 1:35 later that Anton Stralman beat Rask high to the glove side on an odd-man rush and that set up a third period where Tampa Bay scored three unanswered goals and sent the Bruins to their fourth straight loss. 

Cassidy: Bruins 'will be fine' if they simply take care of business

Cassidy: Bruins 'will be fine' if they simply take care of business

BRIGHTON -- The Bruins took Wednesday off and returned Thursday with assurances they weren’t thinking about history repeating itself for a third straight season. 

The easy parallels are there, of course. 

The Bruins lost 9 of their final 14 games and missed the playoffs by a point two years ago. Last season they went a pathetic 3-8-1 in the final 12 games and once again missed the postseason by a single point.

So their recent three-game losing streak has set off some warning bells and whistles, as has the fact that the Toronto Maple Leafs have passed them and pushed the B’s into the second wild-card position. Boston holds a slim two-point lead over the New York Islanders for that final playoff position, and is facing huge games against the Tampa Bay Lightning (tonight) and the Isles (Saturday).

So with all that in mind, has interim coach Bruce Cassidy’s message changed at all to his players? 

“These are teams [close to the Bruins to the standings, so the games] get more magnified and rightfully so,” said Cassidy. “We accept that and we know what’s at stake. The last two didn’t go the way we wanted them to, but the things we do well, we need to keep doing well. We’ve created some looks at the net. We’re generating some offense. We need to finish a little better, and those pockets of the game that get away from us . . . we need to minimize those. We had a few too many of those [moments] against Ottawa. 

“We’re aware of it. We know who won and who lost last night. But we need to take care of our business. If we do, we’ll be fine. We really will. If we take of our business, it doesn’t matter what this team does or what that team does.

"That’s a fact. That’s the message. It’s quite simple. If we take care of business, we’ll be fine. If we don’t, then we’re hoping.”

Clearly taking care of their business includes dispatching both the Lightning and the Islanders. Hoping is what the Bruins ended up doing in each of the previous two seasons, and it left them fully out of luck once the music stopped.