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 ďfoot-in-mouth syndromeĒ was responsible for him promising to fight Turris Tuesday night.
ďObviously I said too much, and maybe put my individual priorities over team priorities,Ē said Corvo, who likely received a slap on the wrist from Bruins coach Claude Julien for his comments. ďThat was my first interview after the game so I was obviously just letting off some steam.
"Obviously Iím not going to chase him around the ice. I think it was just a selfish thing to say, an individualistic thing to say. Iím sorry I said it, but once you put it out there you canít take it back. Iím focused on the game.Ē
Asked if he would still jump at an opportunity to punish Turris if one was presented him, Corvo replied with a flat-out "no."
ďIím just going to play the game like I normally do,Ē said Corvo, who was disappointed Turris didnít get suspended for a hit that he claims left him with a headache for three days. ďIf you look at my record ... first of all, I donít hit guys. (And) Iím not going to run around with my stick high or elbows or whatever. Iím just going to play the game.Ē
Corvo has been in one fight during his eight-year NHL career, while Turris has fought twice in three seasons. He said Kris Versteeg ďjumpedĒ him the first time, while Daniel Briere pleaded with him to drop the gloves a couple of months ago.
Turris said Corvoís threats were addressed with the league.
ďI didnít hear everything he said, but itís just a hockey game tonight,Ē said Turris. ďIím going to come out and play my normal game. Weíll go from there.
ďI wouldnít say Iím a fighter, and I wouldnít say Iím a hitter. Iím just going to play my game.Ē
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 Saturdayís 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 donít want to leave themselves short in the toughness category, and they are sitting one of the leagueís 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.
ďIím sure Iíll be nervous, but itís a hockey locker room and guys are welcoming, so Iím sure it will go pretty smoothly,Ē Gilroy said of his Senators debut.
Kaspars Daugavins will be the Senators other healthy scratch.
Robin Lehner makes his second consecutive start in goal.