BOSTON -- After spending the previous six games sitting in the press box as a healthy scratch, Joe Corvo found himself back in the lineup Thursday because fellow Boston Bruins blue liner Dennis Seidenberg was held out with an infection from a laceration on his leg. While Corvo -- who has struggled with just 25 points in 71 games -- didn’t like the fact his team lost 3-2 in a shootout, he was happy to be helping his team on the ice again.
“It felt good,” said Corvo who played 25 shifts for 20:03 of ice time. “Nobody likes to not be able to contribute to the team and just practice every day and not get to play in games. So, it felt good to be part of the team again in a game situation.”
Corvo felt he benefitted from some time above and came back with more focus on tightening up his game.
“I think the game shrinks down for you,” Corvo said. “You focus a lot more on each shift and actually, I guess end up playing a little better and a little tighter. That’s what I felt – 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.”
With Seidenberg and now another defenseman in Adam McQuaid who was injured Thursday possibly being out of the lineup again this Saturday when the Bruins play the Islanders, Corvo is prepared should he get the call again from head coach Claude Julien.
“I don’t know what will happen with Adam or Dennis but I just show up and do my job every day and prepare to be in the lineup every day,” Corvo said. “I don’t come to the rink and warm up and think that I’m not playing. You have to prepare yourself in case something happens last minute.”