Corvo wants to stay out of the press box

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Corvo wants to stay out of the press box

BOSTON -- Joe Corvo doesn't like the press box.

Why would he? He's not a reporter. He's a defenseman.

Problem for him is, he's a defenseman on a Boston Bruins team that added two more defensemen at the trade deadline. So now, there's competition.

Before Thursday, Corvo had been on the losing end of that competition for six straight games. He watched from the exact place where no hockey player wants to be: the press box.

But Corvo returned to the Bruins lineup on Thursday night against a desperate Washington Capitals team, mainly because Dennis Seidenberg was scratched with an infected wound.

"It felt good," said Corvo after Thursday night's 3-2 shootout loss to the Capitals. "Nobody likes to not contribute to the team.

"It felt good to be a part of the team again, in a game situation."

Corvo played 20 minutes in his first game back, and was not on the ice for any goal. Offensively, it's not great, but it's not the worst thing. But defensively, it's something that he's been trying to do more of. He's trying to become a more defensive player.

"I'm just trying to battler harder, just boxing guys out," said Corvo. "Just, battles in the corner, one-on-one. I'm just trying to get better at that."

Corvo is what you'd like to call a "puck-moving" defenseman, otherwise known as an offensive defenseman. Defense isn't his best quality, which is why he watched the previous six games on the same floor as the reporters.

But it was up in that press box, where Corvo believes his mindset changed.

"I think the game shrinks down for ya," he said. "You tend to focus a lot more on each shift, and actually, I guess end up playing a little better, a little tighter.

"That's what I felt on Thursday night. I felt like my head was in the game the whole time, because you don't want to give anybody a reason to take you out of the lineup, when you get a chance."

And you could tell. Corvo was bearing down on one-on-one battles as wingers attempted to go wide on him. His focus was to stay with the play. Don't get beat. Keep it simple.

"I didn't see any glaring mistakes that would point the finger in his direction," said Bruins coach Claude Julien after the loss. "To me, he's still a decent puck-moving defenseman. So I certainly wouldn't qualify him as a bad player tonight."

Maybe it was execution. Or maybe it was just hunger. Either way, with Adam McQuaid's injury status uncertain as of Thursday night, it seems that Corvo could get several more shots to prove he belongs on the ice, not in the press box.

"You just show up and do your job every day," said Corvo. "I don't know what else I can say. You prepare to be in the lineup every day. I don't come to the rink, warm up, and think that I'm not playing. You have to prepare yourself, in case something happens last-minute. So, just keep doing the same things, and see what happens."

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Rams hold off 49ers for wild 41-39 win

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THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Rams hold off 49ers for wild 41-39 win

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Coach Sean McVay walked into the postgame news conference and immediately asked, "Anyone have a beer?"

He probably wasn't the only person who wanted a drink after watching a surprisingly thrilling Thursday night shootout between his Rams and the San Francisco 49ers that wasn't decided until Los Angeles prevented a potential game-tying 2-point try and then delivered a rare defensive stop after blowing the onside kick in a 41-39 victory.

"We talk about mentally tough, be your best regardless of the circumstance," McVay said. "I thought the players did that. They found a way in spite of some of the ups and the downs to come away with the win."

While the defense came up big late, it was the offense that carried the day for the Rams (2-1), who have gone from the lowest-scoring team in the NFL a year ago to a dynamic one through three games under McVay.

Jared Goff threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns, Todd Gurley ran for 113 yards and scored three TDs and Robert Woods (108) and Sammy Watkins (106) each topped the 100-yard mark receiving in Los Angeles' second 40-point performance of the season. The Rams have 107 points in all so far, the second-most in franchise history after three games to the 119 by "The Greatest Show on Turf" squad in 2000.

"Since I've been here we haven't been able to do that," Gurley said. "Hopefully we can keep putting points together, keep working together and keep learning from this. I think we left a lot more points off the board."

This win didn't come easy as the Rams nearly blew a 15-point lead, giving up two late touchdowns, fumbling a kickoff return and failing to recover an onside kick. But Los Angeles managed to stop a potential game-tying 2-point conversion on a deflection by Troy Hill and then used an offensive pass interference penalty against Trent Taylor and a fourth-down sack by Aaron Donald to stop the Niners after the onside kick.

The 49ers (0-3) scored five touchdowns after failing to get any the first two weeks but still came up short in part because a missed extra point by Robbie Gould forced them to try for 2 on their late touchdown.

"I just rushed it, I missed it, I made a mistake," Gould said. "Obviously, I wish I didn't do that, or we'd probably be playing in overtime right now.""

This time it was a tired defense that hurt San Francisco. After facing 79 plays in a 12-9 loss at Seattle on Sunday, the 49ers appeared to run out of gas on the short week as Goff frequently had wide-open receivers, especially on third down.

The Rams were 8 for 12 on third down, including all three of Goff's touchdown passes.

The Rams needed all that offense on a night where Brian Hoyer threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score.

QUICK START: The Rams took just 12 seconds to get on the board as Nickell Robey-Coleman intercepted Hoyer on the first play from scrimmage and returned it to the 3-yard line. Gurley ran it in on the next play to give the Rams a 7-0 lead.

"I just told him to start over," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. "Got to go back to work. We didn't change anything, went right on with the script. But it was a tough way to start out."

DROUGHT BUSTER: The 49ers came into the game without a touchdown on the season but broke through in the first quarter with some help from the Rams. After Blake Countess jumped offside on a punt, the Niners took advantage of the second opportunity and drove to score on Hoyer's 9-yard run 126:43 into the season. That was the longest it took a team to score its first TD since 2006 when both Tampa Bay (143:03) and Oakland (127:10) took more time.

FOURTH DOWN CALLS: Both teams drove to the opposing 1 on their opening drives of the second half with help from a Willie Mays-style basket catch by Watkins and a perfect toe drag on the sideline by San Francisco's Pierre Garcon. But the Rams opted to kick a short field goal, while the 49ers went for it and converted on Carlos Hyde's 1-yard run that cut Los Angeles' lead to 27-20. Hyde added a second 1-yard run on fourth down in the fourth quarter.

INJURIES: Rams S Lamarcus Joyner left the game in the first half with a hamstring injury. ... Los Angeles C John Sullivan injured his groin in the second half and Watkins and Tavon Austin left with concussions. ... 49ers S Jaquiski Tartt (concussion), FB Kyle Juszczyk (neck), DL Tank Carradine (ankle) and LB Brock Coyle (concussion) all left with injuries in the second half.

UP NEXT: The Rams travel to Dallas on Oct. 1. The 49ers visit Arizona.

Boston Sports Tonight Podcast: Is there a blueprint to beat the Patriots?

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Boston Sports Tonight Podcast: Is there a blueprint to beat the Patriots?

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0:41 - Tom E. Curran breaks down the ‘blueprint’ to beat the Patriots and if the Texans have the talent to do it.

5:27 - Michael Holley and Kayce Smith discuss Kyrie Irving’s comments that he made on Early Edition about going back to Cleveland for the opening game. 

9:52 - We take a listen to what Malcolm Butler had to say about his role on the team and discuss how the cornerback keeps saying all the right things. 

15:18 - Michael McCann, Legal Analyst for Sports Illustrated joins BST to talk about Aaron Hernandez’s brain found to have CTE and his family now suing the NFL and the Patriots.