Corvo calls off fight with Turris
Bruins D-man forced to backpedal
DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency
|Joe Corvo (right), seen here celebrating a goal with Tyler Seguin, now says he will not exact revenge on the ice from a hit he took from the Sens' Kyle Turris. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)
BOSTON - So much for the anticipated flyweight bout at the TD Garden.
A day after vowing to exact revenge on Kyle Turris for a high hit when the teams played last weekend, Boston defenceman Joe Corvo was backpedalling after the Bruins morning skate.
Corvo said “foot-in-mouth syndrome” was responsible for him promising to fight Turris Tuesday night.
“Obviously I said too much, and maybe put my individual priorities over team priorities,” said Corvo, who likely received a slap on the wrist from Bruins coach Claude Julien for his comments. “That was my first interview after the game so I was obviously just letting off some steam.
"Obviously I’m not going to chase him around the ice. I think it was just a selfish thing to say, an individualistic thing to say. I’m sorry I said it, but once you put it out there you can’t take it back. I’m focused on the game.”
Asked if he would still jump at an opportunity to punish Turris if one was presented him, Corvo replied with a flat-out "no."
“I’m just going to play the game like I normally do,” said Corvo, who was disappointed Turris didn’t get suspended for a hit that he claims left him with a headache for three days. “If you look at my record ... first of all, I don’t hit guys. (And) I’m not going to run around with my stick high or elbows or whatever. I’m just going to play the game.”
Corvo has been in one fight during his eight-year NHL career, while Turris has fought twice in three seasons. He said Kris Versteeg “jumped” him the first time, while Daniel Briere pleaded with him to drop the gloves a couple of months ago.
Turris said Corvo’s threats were addressed with the league.
“I didn’t hear everything he said, but it’s just a hockey game tonight,” said Turris. “I’m going to come out and play my normal game. We’ll go from there.
“I wouldn’t say I’m a fighter, and I wouldn’t say I’m a hitter. I’m just going to play my game.”
The Corvo-Turris stuff aside, there could still be a fair bit of nastiness when the Senators and Bruins line up for the 7 p.m. start. Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk will miss the game with a concussion sustained on a clean hit by Chris Neil.
Enforcer Shawn Thornton will be back in the Bruins lineup after missing Saturday’s game in Ottawa with what was described as flu-like symptoms. Zenon Konopka, the league leader with 17 fights this season, will play for the Senators after sitting the last eight games as a healthy scratch.
The Senators don’t want to leave themselves short in the toughness category, and they are sitting one of the league’s top heavyweights in Matt Carkner to get the newly acquired Matt Gilroy in on the blue line.
Gilroy, obtained from Tampa for Brian Lee on Monday, will play alongside Chris Phillips, while Sergei Gonchar will be reunited with rookie Jared Cowen.
“I’m sure I’ll be nervous, but it’s a hockey locker room and guys are welcoming, so I’m sure it will go pretty smoothly,” Gilroy said of his Senators debut.
Kaspars Daugavins will be the Senators other healthy scratch.
Robin Lehner makes his second consecutive start in goal.