By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com 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.