Corvo having fun in Ottawa
|Senators defenceman Joe Corvo set a team record for defenceman with five points on Thursday during a 7-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.|
by Todd Anderson
A day after establishing a new team record for points in a game by a defenceman with five during the 7-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, Joe Corvo talked about his early success in Ottawa. In four games this season, Corvo has scored two goals and eight points.
"When you put up six, seven, eight goals like that, it's fun for everybody. I just try to lay it all out there (on the ice). If people notice, people notice. What I want to accomplish most is to win a Stanley Cup. That's my goal, that's our goal. What I've been hearing around here is that just making the playoffs isn't good enough."
Highlighted during Corvo's memorable game last night was his second goal of the season. Corvo raced into the Toronto zone and blasted a long, hard slapshot high into the net past Toronto keeper Andrew Raycroft. Corvo described his momentum leading to the play.
"I kind of put it on my own shoulders to get that goal. I was a minus player on both of the goals against us, and I was steamed. I decided I was going to get one back for the team."
Senators face Chara tomorrow
A familiar face will be wearing the opposition's colours tomorrow when the Senators visit the Boston Bruins. Former alternate captain Zdeno Chara is the new captain of the Bruins. Senators head coach Bryan Murray spoke about the matchup against his former defenceman.
"I think we all recognize he was a very good and important player for this hockey team. I think the players want to play well against him, obviously. He'll have his sights on helping the Bruins beat us. So I think there will be a little incentive to play well. We understand people move on, and that we move on. He's a good player and a guy that I wish well for. I just hope we can beat him tomorrow night."
Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson says playing the puck deep will be important against Chara and the Bruins.
"The key is going to be to make it hard on (Chara). We have to dump the puck past him and make him work because he's going to play a lot of minutes. You're not going to deke him one-on-one. With his reach and strength, you can't do that."
Senators defencemen Wade Redden and Chris Phillips both left Thursday's game early with lower body injuries, but are expected to play against Boston. Forward Peter Schaefer will make the trip to Boston and is expected to participate in the pre-game skate. His status for the game, however, is doubtful. Martin Gerber will start in goal against Boston.