One day after a frustrating — but successful — Trade Deadline day that saw Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli acquire the likes of Brian Rolston, Mike Mottau and Greg Zanon, the Black and Gold return to the ice in the second of a home and home with the Ottawa Senators at the TD Garden. Rolston and Mottau will dress up for their first game as a member of the Bruins, while Zanon will wait until Thursday after he takes in his first practice according to head coach Claude Julien.
Certainly one will consider the return of the 39-year-old Rolston — who donned the spoked B from 2000-04 — and the addition of Mottau — a former Hobey Baker winner at Boston College and a native of Avon, Mass. — as one of the focal points to Tuesday’s game. But there’s also a lot more to keep an eye on during this late February contest.
Trailing the Bruins by three points in the Northeast Division standings, the Senators will look to avenge Saturday’s 5-3 loss in the first game of the home in home up in Ottawa. Meanwhile, the Black and Gold are looking for their second straight victory; something that they haven’t accomplished since their wins over the Jets and Habs on Jan. 10 and 12….some thing for the sportsbook reviews. But if that’s not a sign of motivation for the Bruins, then the aftermath of Saturday might be.
After escaping the wrath of Brendan Shanhan for his high hit on Joe Corvo, Sens forward Kyle Turris could have a huge target on his chest.
Corvo was the first one to call Turris out right before Tuesday’s contest to sweeten the pot.
“Let’s just say I’ll be looking for him right off the bat. I’m not happy,”Corvo said after practice on Monday. “Two days I’ve been walking around with a headache. Just because I didn’t lay down on the ice and get carted off and miss a period…I don’t know…it doesn’t mean it wasn’t a cheap shot.
“In my opinion, he saw numbers and took the opportunity to seek revenge the game prior when we were at home. Hopefully he’s a man and he’ll step up when I come after him. I’m not going to try to fight him, but I want to hurt him.”
After missing the last several games as a healthy scratch, the Sens will insert enforcer Zenon Konopka back into the lineup for Tuesday’s contest. Shawn Thornton, meanwhile, is expected to return to the Bruins lineup after missing the last two games with the flu. Maxime Sauve was called up from Providence on an emergency basis today and would fill the void shall Thornton miss his third straight contest.
With the Bruins and the Sens looking to continue their playoff push, these storylines add a little extra meaning to Tuesday’s contest between these division rivals.