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Corvo gets confidence booster

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Corvo gets confidence booster

BOSTON -- Joe Corvo runs off of confidence.

You can see it in his play. You can hear it in his voice. And after Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the TD Garden, you could hear it from his coach.

"With Joe, it is all about confidence," said Claude Julien after the loss. "With Joe, sometimes he makes a mistake, and he carries that on for too long. He's got to let go of those things and build on what he does well. He had some great opportunities tonight again."

With that said, it didn't look like Corvo's confidence level would be too high by the time Penguins forward Matt Cooke grinded home a rebound out front in the opening minutes of the third period.

Cooke's goal put Pittsburgh up 2-0, and was the result of Corvo getting out-worked in front of the net. Penguins forward Dustin Jeffrey put a soft pass out front, and Corvo tried to knock it out of the crease, but his attempt wasn't good enough, and as the puck sat in front of him, Cooke looked like he wanted it more, and beat Corvo to the loose rubber.

"The goal against, Corvo's standing in front of the net and you hoped that he had a better battle on that," said Julien. "But he's no different than everybody else that's going through this. We've got to improve ourselves as individuals, if we want to be a better hockey club."

As an individual, Corvo's confidence may have also taken a hit in the second period, when he crept up for a one-timer at the lower-right circle during a four-minute Bruins power play.

Corvo received a nice pass through the slot, but his right-handed shot made it difficult for him to lift it over Marc-Andre Fleury's left pad.

"It was a tough cross-body, one-timer redirection," said Corvo. "Just a tough play for me to make. It was a great pass, but it's a lot easier if the pass is coming from low to high."

If Corvo had put that one-timer in, he would have snapped a 21-game goal drought. That missed opportunity combined with the Cooke goal, certainly wasn't a confidence booster for the defenseman who runs off confidence.

But 6:45 into the third period, trailing 2-0, Corvo did what Julien and the rest of the Bruins would like him to do more often -- quickly put the negative stuff behind him.

Corvo took a pass at the left point, and let go a high wrist shot that found the top-right corner of the net, thanks in part to a Brad Marchand screen out front.

It cut the Penguins' lead to 2-1, with plenty of time left to get another.

That never happened, and the Bruins lost their second-straight game on Saturday afternoon.

But as Julien noted after the loss, these B's need to improve themselves as individuals. And Corvo is no exception. That's why his goal on Saturday was a big one.

It boosted his confidence. At least, that's what he hopes.

"I'm taking it that way," said Corvo. "Anything positive, I'm going to take and run with it, and try to carry it into the next game and make me feel good out there and play well. I'll definitely try and carry that on."

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).

The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.

That got the offense rolling.

Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.

After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.

Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.

While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.

Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.

Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.

The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.

Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.

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