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.

Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

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Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tuukka Rask made 35 saves to help the Bruins hold off the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored to give Boston a 2-0 lead and the Bruins improved to 3-0-1 in their past four.

Evander Kane scored his first goal of the season for Buffalo. Robin Lehner returned after missing one game with a hip injury and made 32 saves.

The Sabres combined for nine goals in their previous two wins but the NHL's lowest-scoring team reverted to form from the first 21 games, when star center Jack Eichel was out of the lineup with a high-ankle sprain.

Krejci got the Bruins on the scoreboard with 5:50 left in the first when he deflected Brandon Carlo's slap shot from the point off the right post and into the net.

The Sabres appeared to tie the game late in the second period but replays determined Brian Gionta kicked the puck into the net.

Bergeron made it 2-0 at 7:10 of the second at 7:44 of the third when he knocked on the rebound of his own missed shot. Bergeron initially hit the puck with his forearm on the left edge of the crease and skated around the net to chase down the puck and slip a backhand past Lehner.

The Sabres answered two minutes later, scoring on Rask for the first time in 109:12 this season. Sam Reinhart's feed off the rear wall set up Kane for a wrist shot from the slot that bounced in off Krejci. Reinhart has five points in his last four games.

NOTES: Bruins F Matt Beleskey was escorted to the dressing room in the final minute of the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. ... Sabres D Josh Gorges did not play after injuring his foot blocking a shot in Thursday's win over the New York Rangers. With Dmitry Kulikov (lower back) and Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain) also out, the Sabres were down three of their top four defenseman and recalled 19-year-old Brendan Guhle from the minors to make his NHL debut. Guhle hustled back to thwart a breakaway by Krejci late in the third period. ... F Anton Blidh became the seventh Bruin to make his NHL debut this season after being recalled from the minors on Friday. ... The Bruins scratched F Jimmy Hayes. D Zdeno Chara, the Bruins' captain, missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Rask got a shutout in Boston's 4-0 win over Buffalo on Nov. 7.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Host Florida on Monday.

Sabres: At Washington on Monday.

 

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