BOSTON -- It was inevitable that a Bruins defenseman was going to go down at some point, and that meant much-maligned blueliner Joe Corvo was going to get another chance.
Corvo had been scratched for the last six games, and the Bruins had won five of those contests while getting their regular season plan back on track. Corvo was also a minus-4 with three points in nine games during the month of March, and had regularly been suffering defensive breakdowns from the neutral zone and through the D-zone during that time period.
Dennis Seidenberg suffered a cut on his leg out of action on Thursday night against the Capitals, and that gives Corvo a golden chance with the postseason looming.
Theres no denying the Bruins are a stronger defensive team with Corvo on the sidelines, and thats borne out in the fact Boston hasnt allowed more than two goals in the six games without him. But Claude Julien still believes Corvo has something to bring to the table, and said his offensive abilities to move the puck and man the power play are something Boston needs.
Joe was pulled out when our team wasnt going well. Id say that its been easy to pick on him. But Joe does a lot of good things offensively and he makes good plays, he skates well and thats something our team is always needed. Joe knows that when we work with him its more about working in the corners battling and not getting beaten back in front of the netthose kinds of things in tight around our net area.
But the other part of his game has been good. Hes as mobile as any defenseman we have here . . . probably one of the best. He skates the puck up the ice well. Hes got a lot of good assets to his game.
The Bs coach seemed to be beating the same drum with Corvo this season as he did during the regular season and playoffs with Tomas Kaberle last year.
Its what a coach must do when one of his players as struggling. Julien is standing up for an embattled player that didnt seem all too pleased to be watching the last six games from the press box.
With the fact that he was pulled out when we werent going well, I know a lot of people have kind of assumed hes the one that was the weak link, said Julien. He wasnt and hopefully he has an opportunity to show that tonight.
This much can be agreed upon: Corvo was part of the defensive problem rather than the solution, and the four goals scored in 70 games isnt all that impressive given that the defenseman was touted as a puck-shooting force when he was brought in to Boston. With Seidenberg out, Corvo has an opportunity to show what he can do. Its up to him to play like hes got something to prove.