Corvo will grin and Bear it today in Chicago

DON BRENNAN

, Last Updated: 7:50 AM ET

BOSTON -- His play inside the Senators blue line and the timing of his pinching from the point has raised eyebrows on occasion.

In fact, because of the nervousness he can create, some in the Ottawa press box have even started referring to him as Joe "Uh Oh" Corvo.

But Cheapseats has discovered another side to the Senators' No. 7.

This afternoon, on the first day of the all-star break, Corvo isn't just going to be back home in Chicago. He's going to be sitting in second-level seats at the NFC championship game.

Joe's a smart man. He's a big Chicago Bears fan.

Hence, Joe knows defence, after all.

A few of the Senators didn't bother taking the charter home after last night's game as they will leave from Boston for their all-star break plans today. Generally speaking, the single guys and those who don't have children are going to various vacation spots for the four days off, while the married parent-players are either staying in or close to Ottawa.

If Cheaps was told to do a days-in-the-life feature and follow one of the them around for the break, the preferred choice would be Peter Schaefer, who's headed to Phoenix to play some golf.

"It's going to be nice to get away," said Schaefer. "I'm going to have a couple of stogies and a couple of Coronas, and my game will probably get better."

STARTS AND STOPS: The Senators had some fans in the stands last night, including a group of 41 parents and players from the Nepean Raiders minor peewee B team that is in nearby Marlboro for the New England Challenge Cup. Through yesterday, the Raiders were 3-0 and playing their cards wisely. When Coach Squirrel asked them why they were staying away from No. 13 in one of the games, the response was unanimous. "Because he's got a moustache," said the kids. "And he's huge." I know he's good, but Zdeno Chara couldn't have been able to procreate that fast, could he? ... Like his left winger Schaefer, Mike Comrie is also headed to Phoenix for the break. Since being acquired from the Coyotes Jan. 3, he's had to make due with four pairs of pants. This is a chance to get to his house and pick up some clothes. Of being with his new team now for almost three weeks, Comrie said: "It's been awhile since I've had this much fun playing hockey. The guys are great, and winning games is something we all love doing."

BETWEEN PERIODS: The Dumb-Dumb of the Night award goes to Bruins D-man Paul Mara, and given time to reflect, he must surely realize he deserves it. With his team down 1-0 early in the second period, Mara was drilled into the boards from behind by Christoph Schubert. Slow to get up, Mara went after Schubert when he did, dropping his gloves and throwing some punches at the Senators swingman. Schubert, who has never been in a fight, didn't retaliate, and Mara couldn't have thought he would. When the dust had settled, Schubert received a boarding major while Mara got two minutes for instigating, five minutes for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct. So instead of being on a five-minute power play, the Bruins wound up shorthanded and without one of their top blue liners for almost a full period ... Dany Heatley has had to work hard for a number of goals lately. Such was not the case on his second period score -- a one-foot gimmie into an empty net. Of course, it counted the same as any of his previous 28.


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