Joe Corvo Caps Another Memorable Night at Garden for Bruins With First NHL Fight in 592nd NHL Game


Joe Corvo Caps Another Memorable Night at Garden for Bruins With First NHL Fight in 592nd NHL GameBOSTON — In his first 591 games in the NHL, Joe Corvo had never once gotten angry enough to drop his gloves and trade punches with an opponent.

But the first 568 of those games weren't played in a Bruins uniform. In just his 24th contest with Boston, and game no. 592 overall, Corvo finally picked up his first major penalty, putting an exclamation point on the Bruins' 4-1 win over Toronto at the Garden by taking on Leafs forward Joey Crabb at 14:45 of the third period.

"It's the right building to do it in front of," Corvo said. "I think everybody likes to see that once in a while so, get a little fight out of one of the guys who don't normally do it."

And Corvo definitely is not a guy that does it regularly, though he learned quickly upon his arrival in Boston that he probably wouldn't go too much longer without his first NHL bout.

"I figured, yeah, after the first game when I was driving out of the parking lot and I was signing some autographs and somebody came up to the window and they're like. 'Just fight one time and they'll love you here,'" Corvo said. "So I figured that it was going to happen at some point."

That point came late in the third period with the Bruins in control, leading the Leafs by three goals and Crabb got a little overly rambunctious in finishing a hit on Corvo.

"Well I dumped it in, it was 4-1 and he hit me late and kind of blind-sided me and I just felt like I had to stand up for myself there," Corvo said.

Corvo and Crabb came together after the hit and the gloves came off quickly.

"[It was] late in the game and I was just trying to take the body and let him know that we weren't going to go away, and it led to that," Crabb explained.

What it led to was a short and spirited, but sloppy scrap. That could be expected from such inexperienced combatants. Crabb was participated in just his second NHL fight, though he was also playing just his 92nd career game and has had 12 AHL fights over his six-year pro career.

But the results mattered less than the effort, and Corvo's teammates and coaches appreciated his willingness to stand up for himself.

"He wants to be part of this hockey club and he wants to be part of the identity and making sure he stands up for himself," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "I could be wrong but I heard this was probably his first pro fight. It might be, and if it is, then it was nice to see him stand up for himself. He could have easily walked away from that and let it be. But he's seen our team, how we handle ourselves and how we solve our issues on our own, we don't wait for anyone else to do it, and he just stood there and handled himself well."

Corvo stated he had been in a few fights in the ECHL and AHL coming up, but he last played in the minors during the owners' lockout back in 2004-05, so it was definitely still a new experience for him.

"Yeah, [it was] my first in the NHL," Corvo said. "It's amazing how calm you become when you're right in it so, you know? You don't know what to expect but you're pretty calm."

Corvo knows that playing in Boston means that this might not be his last NHL fight, but right now he is focused on scoring his first goal as a Bruin. Who knows, maybe his new reputation as a tough guy will open up a little space for some scoring chances.

"Yeah, I mean I'm not scoring goals so I got to do something to try to stand out or something positive," Corvo joked. "So I'll just fight my way out of this I guess."

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