Corvo makes presence felt in first preseason action


Corvo makes presence felt in first preseason action

By Joe Haggerty Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
HALIFAX -- Joe Corvo didnt take long to make his presence felt with the Bruins.

The Bs newest defenseman opened up the Boston scoring Sunday night against the Montreal Canadiens with a bad angle shot that eluded Habs goaltender Peter Budaj, and set off a seven goal attack in the 7-3 win at the Halifax Metro Centre.

Corvo had missed the first two preseason games after coming down with some groin tightness following the Black and White scrimmage in Providence, but was back at full strength this weekend.

Corvos presence was noticeable and immediate. His quick first few steps skating-wise quickened the pace of the puck getting out of the Boston defensive zone, and he had stick raised and ready to fire shots from anywhere on the ice.

The veteran defenseman brings the skating and shooting skills to the table after Tomas Kaberle struggled in both areas last season and meshed nicely with Zdeno Chara when the two players were on the ice together.

Corvo admitted that getting down the defensive system of zone versus man-to-man will be an adjustment after playing something significantly different in Carolina, but the upside is clear once the learning curve is over.

Corvo was good. First of all I like the way he competes. He plays hard. He shoots the puck a lot and once we get all the players in place on the power play hell be a big asset as well, said Julien. He moved the puck well, and I think considering this was his first game of the year that I liked the way he handled himself.

Its probably no coincidence that the Bruins posted a couple more power play goals on Sunday night with Corvo in the lineup, and that might be a big more regular occurrence with the upgrade along the blueline.

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Pastrnak suspended two games for hit on Rangers' Girardi


Pastrnak suspended two games for hit on Rangers' Girardi

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has been suspended for two games by the NHL for an illegal check to the head of New York Rangers' Dan Girardi in Boston’s 5-2 loss on Wednesday night in New York.

Click on the link in the tweet below for a video of the hit and the NHL Department of Player Safety's explanation of the suspension.

Pastrnak, 20, had his hearing with the Department of Player Safety on Friday. It's his first suspension. 

The Bruins next two games are Saturday in Detroit and Tuesday in Florida. Pastrnak has a team-leading five goals and has eight points, second on the team to Brad Marchand (10). 

The hit came when Girardi reached up to catch a puck in the neutral zone 10:55 into the second period and Pastrnak came in hard and sent his left shoulder into Girardi’s chin. Pastrnak received a two-minute penalty for an illegal check to the head.

Girardi left the game as part of the NHL concussion protocol, but later returned.


Rask returns to Bruins practice, will travel to Detroit

Rask returns to Bruins practice, will travel to Detroit

BRIGHTON, Mass. – The Bruins welcomed back Tuukka Rask to the Warrior Ice Arena practice sheet on Friday morning after he took more than a week off the ice after re-aggravating his lower body injury in last week’s win over the Devils. 

Rask took part in 3-on-3 battle drills for a large chunk of the practice while backups Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban, both still with the team, practiced at the other end of the ice for most of the session. 

It remains to be seen if Rask can go against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night, while troubled early in the season by the reported hamstring/groin issues, but the Finnish netminder was clearly practicing like he was going to play in Motown and Claude Julien said Rask is making the three-game trip. 

Julien said that Rask is feeling “good enough to at least backup right now.” That might pave the way for Rask to perhaps back up McIntyre on Saturday night, then step back in against divisional opponents at Florida on Tuesday and at Tampa Bay on Thursday. 

“[Rask] practiced today, and he’s coming on the trip. So we’ll see,” said Julien, who indicated that a goaltender [most likely Malcolm Subban] would be headed back to Providence. “He’s feeling good, so we’ll go day-by-day. He practiced well today and if he’s good tomorrow then there are no issues there. He looked good to me today, so we’ll make that decision. We’ve gone this far with him, so we’re going to make sure we make the right decision, and not the reckless one.”

It’s just as clear they desperately need him back given the shaky state of their defense after allowing a ghoulish 11 goals in their past two losses to the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers. 

David Backes was still missing from the practice ice while recovering from his elbow procedure, so Claude Julien was again mixing and matching the lines amid a three-game losing streak. 

Here are the line combos and D-pairings from practice: 









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