By Joe Haggerty
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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.