t took 28 games for defenseman Joe Corvo
to score his first goal as Boston Bruin, but tonight the blueliner scored two, including the game-winner, in an effort that ended a two-game slide for the defending Stanley Cup Champions.
"It's a long time coming," said Corvo. "I can't remember the last time I went 20-some odd games without scoring -- especially on a new team.
"It's nice to get that one, and then add another one, actually, late.
"That was pretty important."
Throughout the first third of the season, Head Coach Claude Julien had remained steadfast in his support for his new defenseman and even this morning remarked that Corvo was often too hard on himself.
"We had a good chat, and I just want him to stay positive and battle through anything, and he did," said Julien. "He responded well, and sometimes when you do that, breaks start going your way, and you score two big goals for us."
For his part, Corvo admitted to pressing.
"I mean, yeah, i guess I was putting a little pressure on myself because you start to wonder why it's not happening, and what am I doing different than I've done in the past," said Corvo. "It was just a matter of working through it, I guess."
The B's had to work through two periods of sub-par play and work their way back from a 2-0 deficit to bring a victory back to Boston.
"I thought we were sitting back, and to be honest, I thought we were going to be in trouble after they scored two goals," said Corvo. "I thought we were in for a long night. It seemed like every rebound was going to them. Timmy [Thomas] was making some pretty good rebound saves, and just to get that one goal and stop their momentum.
"I think that was kind of a turning point in that period."
Corvo scored at 18:26 of the first and Nathan Horton
added another just 45-seconds later.
"I didn't think we were very good in the first...and to come in after the first down two goals might have been a different story," said Julien. "But the [David] Krejci line went out there and scored two big goals, just to get us back into it before the first.
"That kind of settled things down a little bit. Then we came back in the third, and instead of being frustrated or upset, we were re-focused, and we were pretty positive."