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Corvo ready to shoot for the Bruins power play

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Corvo ready to shoot for the Bruins power play

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
Joe Corvo can guarantee one simple thing.

If he gets the puck while manning the point on the power play with a sliver of an opening, Corvo is going to let the puck fly.

The Bs power play was an exercise in futility and frustration last season while struggling through the regular season, and things really bogged down with the passive Tomas Kaberle on the man advantage. Everybody knew that Kaberle looking pass as his first, second and third option, and wasnt going to tee up any slap shots from the point even with a clear lane to the net.

Kaberle looks for the pass and looks to set guys up, said Corvo. If the shot is there Im going to take it most of the time. Power play goals arent usually those cute tic-tac goals. Power play goals are rebound goals and the more you hit the net and put it on goal, the more guys are going to be around the net and scored.

The Bruins coaching staff has pinpointed the passive point approach as one of the items to be improved on this seasons power play, and the former Carolina Hurricanes and Ottawa Senators defenseman is somebody that can help in those areas.

Obviously weve tried to bring in some personnel that we think is going to help us with the power play, said Claude Julien. Joe Corvo is a guy with a very heavy shot and hes always been known as a good power play guy. This past season it was a combination of things. It wasnt about pointing the finger at one thing or one person, but it was about a bunch of different things.

The one thing that we did see was the shooting from the point. We werent doing enough of that in certain games and we were encouraging certain players to do that. We saw that when we did that it worked for us.

Corvo fired off 191 shots while potting 11 goals for the Carolina Hurricanes last year, and has managed double digit goals three times in his career as a skilled offensive blueliner.

Armed with a nice heavy shot, Corvo will serve that role on the power play and would have ranked third in the Bruins in shots attempted last season behind only Zdeno Chara (264) and Patrice Bergeron (211) if hed been with the Bruins.

That kind of aggressiveness is exactly what the Bs are looking for and should get from Corvo provided the 34-year-old veteran can stay healthy long enough to skate somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 games.

From what I hear Im expected to play some power play time and bring some power play shots, said Corvo. Just moving the puck and skating the puck, and bringing some offensive flair to it while working with some of the offensive skill guys.

That in and of itself should allow the Bruins to improve a power play that succeeded only 16.2 percent of the time during the regular season and scored on only 10 out of 88 chances during the postseason.

The pressure shouldnt be all that high on Corvo because its pretty difficult to be any worse than that for the duration of this season, and good power play days should be dead ahead for the Bs.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Bruins will play Blackhawks in 2019 NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame

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Bruins will play Blackhawks in 2019 NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame

The Bruins will once again be taking things outdoors and participating in their third Winter Classic in franchise history, but for the first time they won’t be hosting the NHL’s centerpiece event. The B’s announced on Saturday afternoon that they’ll be facing off against the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2019 Winter Classic that will be played at iconic Notre Dame Stadium. Both the Bruins and Blackhawks aren’t exactly strangers to the outdoor showcase, and per usual the Black and Gold are happy to be part of a big deal event for the league.

“The Boston Bruins are excited to be playing in the 2019 Bridgestone Winter Classic against another storied Original Six franchise, the Chicago Blackhawks,” said Bruins President Cam Neely, in a press release. “The rich history of Notre Dame Stadium is well documented, and our team looks forward to playing at such an iconic venue. We hope that by participating in these large scale and unique NHL events we can bring Bruins fans new hockey experiences, and that we can use these opportunities to help grow our great game and attract new fans.”

There will be some natural storylines for the game including the rematch of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final participants, and a return to Notre Dame for Fighting Irish forward Anders Bjork after playing three seasons in South Bend. The Bruins/Blackhawks Winter Classic matchup was first reported by Barstool Sports almost two weeks ago, but it wasn’t until Saturday that any of the officials involved were ready to confirm the game.

The Bruins will be in their third Winter Classic after hosting the Jan. 1 outdoor game at Fenway Park in 2010 in an overtime win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and at Gillette Stadium in 2016 in a blowout loss to the Montreal Canadiens.  It is a league-most fourth Winter Classic appearance for the Blackhawks, who hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field in 2009, took on the Washington Capitals at Nationals Park in 2015, and most recently played the St. Louis Blues at Busch Stadium in 2017.

Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back

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Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching old Super Friends episodes with my 4-year-old on a Saturday morning.

*Has anybody ever been as excited to get a healthy Malcolm Subban back in the lineup as the Vegas Golden Knights are this weekend? Pro Hockey Talk is asking the question, and I think I can honestly answer with a resounding “No.” We’ll see if he’s actually worth all the excitement, but obviously, he’s better than what the injury-plagued Golden Knights had in the interim.

*The Buffalo Sabres continue to get very little return for any of the investments they’ve made in the team over the last couple of years.

*Ryan Suter knows what it takes to remain among the NHL defenseman workhorses in the NHL, and he is consistently there year in and year out.

*Dustin Brown has been a resurgent performer for the Los Angeles Kings this season and is one of the big storylines behind their turnaround.

*The Detroit Red Wings are beginning to more openly adopt Jeff Blashill’s speed game, but the question is how much that will pay dividends for them.

*For something completely different: Good piece in the Boston Globe about Danny Ainge’s relationship with recently passed Red Sox great Bobby Doerr.