Bruins: Rich Peverely

Peverley, Pandolfo expected to step up

March, 14, 2013
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BOSTON -- Even though the Bruins will be without forward Chris Kelly for the foreseeable future because of the broken left tibia he suffered Monday at Ottawa, Boston is prepared to carry on without its assistant captain.

In the team’s first game without him, which resulted in a 3-2 loss to the Penguins on Tuesday at Pittsburgh, Bruins coach Claude Julien had veteran forward Jay Pandolfo on the team’s third line along with Rich Peverley and Jordan Caron.

Based on the Bruins’ morning skate in preparation to host the Florida Panthers tonight at TD Garden, Julien will use the same lineup. Still, Kelly will be missed.

“It’s unfortunate,” Pandolfo said. “He’s a huge part of our team and he’s a great leader in the room. All the little things he does on the ice, he’s a tough guy to replace, but when stuff like this happens, everyone as a group needs to step up and help out with some of the stuff he did.”

Peverley will serve as the line’s center, with Caron and Pandolfo on the wings. Kelly is the center on that line, but Peverley is versatile and very good at faceoffs, with a 62.2 percent rating (98-for-160).

“We’re lucky to have guys like Pevs, even [Tyler] Seguin, who have played center most of their career that can step in there and be comfortable in that position,” Julien said. “Pevs is going to have to fill some big shoes there with Kells being a real versatile center man that can do a lot of different things for our team.”

The Bruins’ decision to sign Pandolfo as a free agent on Feb. 12 has worked out.

"It did right from the get-go and that’s one of the reasons we signed him," said Julien. "We knew going through this grind the last two months we would need some players to step up, and some experienced guys would be pretty useful, so Pando comes in at a real good time.”

Pandolfo, 38, can kill penalties and is not a liability. Plus, his veteran presence helps both on and off the ice for the Bruins.

Julien likes to have those types of veteran players on his team because they’re so valuable. Late last season it was Brian Rolston, and for the previous three seasons it was Mark Recchi. Now Pandolfo fills that role.

“Besides the experience that we always talk about, they’ve been around the block a few times; it’s also the wisdom in the dressing room,” explained Julien. “When guys are panicking, they can settle them down. When guys are too settled, maybe they crank them up a bit. They seem to know what buttons to push in the dressing room.

"Coaches do a certain job, but you don’t underestimate what players can do in the dressing room just amongst themselves. Guys like that are pretty valuable, especially as you get deeper into the season.”
(Editor's note: The third in our end-of-season report card series on the 2011-2012 Bruins.)

Ference, Peverley absent from practice

December, 21, 2011
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WILMINGTON, Mass. -- After spending a day doing charity work for the holidays and delivering toys to local hospitals, the Bruins were back on the ice for practice Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington preparing for Friday’s game against the Florida Panthers at TD Garden.

They were, however, minus two players. Andrew Ference missed the skate due to the flu and Rich Peverley received a maintenance day to nurse an undisclosed injury. Head coach Claude Julien said that Peverley will miss practice Thursday as well and the team will then reevaluate him on Friday to see if he can play against the Panthers.

“Ference is battling the famous flu bug and Peverley is maintenance and we’re having a good look here at our schedule and what it may do for him,” Julien said following practice. “We’re going to keep him off here the next couple of days and tomorrow is certainly one of those days and then we’ll decide whether he’s in or not on Friday and that will give him at least a good week. So we’re going to be making a decision on him regarding his situation.”

Julien is also hoping that the three days off this week and the Christmas break will help his entire team catch up on rest.

“Yesterday was a busy day with them going to the hospital and staying off the ice is good but today was a short 40-minute practice but intense and we just want to get through here the next 2-3 days and finish off on a high note and then they’ll get those days there at Christmas and give them the rest they need,” he said.

After the game Friday against Florida, the Bruins will not play again until December 28.

Notes: Corvo could play against Montreal

September, 24, 2011
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BOSTON -- Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo said he is finally good to go after encountering some problems with his groin the first two weeks of training camp, and could see his first bit of preseason action tomorrow night in Halifax, Nova Scotia against Montreal.

“I had a little bit of a snag with the groin, but it’s cleared up now,” Corvo said following both training camp sessions Saturday morning at TD Garden. “I’m just looking forward to the rest of camp, and trying to get in as many games as I can before the season starts.”

The 34-year-old Corvo has yet to appear in a preseason game, but when healthy is expected to compete in the defensive pairings and give some life to a stagnant power play.

Asked if he expects to play this weekend, Corvo said, “I should be in, yeah, I’m 100 percent. I’m good.”

The sharp-shooting Corvo appeared in all 82 games with Carolina last season, averaging nearly 25 minutes of ice time and logging 11-29-40 point totals, before coming to Boston this summer in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in 2012.

Who gets seconds?
The space in front of the crease was nicknamed “Recchi’s office” last season, a reference to the gritty net-front presence that the future Hall of Fame winger commanded at some of the most crucial moments of the Bruins’ Stanley Cup Championship run last spring.

Recchi provided the perfect balance of scoring flair and grind-it-out morale on a pairing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Statistically it was the most efficient line, accounting for 54 total points in the playoffs and all four goals in the Cup-clinching seventh game against Vancouver.

Simply put, the way to replace Recchi is by not replacing him. Judging by the early outsets, Rich Peverley has filled that void on Bergeron’s line adequately. In his first preseason action last night, in the 6-3 win over the Islanders, Peverley had a goal and three assists (two of which came on the power play).

Last night, Peverley was out of the office, so to speak, setting up in the corners as Bergeron and Marchand typically like to do. That created perpetual movement in the offensive zone, with all three taking turns looking for seams rushing to the net. It was a bit of a different look, but one that provided quality results.

“Pevs and Recchi are different players, but Pevs is a great guy to play with,” Marchand said. “He really sees the ice well, he’s very fast, very quick, great with the puck. I have fun playing with him.”

Bergeron not with team
Bergeron was absent from camp today, and head coach Claude Julien confirmed that the alternate captain is back in Bathurst, New Brunswick, until Monday. His major-junior club, Acadie-Bathurst of the QMJHL, is planning on retiring his No. 37 jersey during tomorrow’s contest against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

Julien said he doesn’t plan on playing Bergeron these next two exhibitions, which is why the center suited up for games this week against Ottawa and the Islanders. Julien added that Bergeron is expected to report to practice Monday morning in Montreal,
The Boston Bruins line of Rich Peverley -- Chris Kelly -- Tyler Seguin isn't lighting the lamp lately, but with their blazing speed, they are doing just about everything else right since being put together earlier this month by coach Claude Julien. Despite Peverley and Seguin going six games without points and Kelly pointless in his past 12, Julien has seen enough good things from this trio to keep it together.

"When we put them together, those were three guys that one [Seguin] that has been here just for a year and the [others] from two different teams," Julien said. "So we had to give them time to build that chemistry and we told ourselves that we had to be patient with it.

"Both Peverly and Seguin really bring some speed, and we know that Kelly is also a good skater but a very reliable two-way player. So we felt good about that threesome, and lately they've been building that chemistry and getting chances. And like we've said before about other lines, hopefully it's a matter of time before they start producing a little bit more, and I think that's coming. We talked to them about making small adjustments in their play to make that happen, and I like the direction that it's headed in right now and hopefully it continues to progress."

All three players on the line like the common thread of speed that they bring to the table, as well as the center-like qualities such as winning faceoffs and playmaking skills. That, combined with the dangerous shot that Seguin now has the confidence to use, have them believing they will break through soon and start to light the lamp together.

"I think we all use our speed pretty well, getting in on the forecheck, and we seem to be sustaining a forecheck," said Peverley. "We're getting a lot of chances, and ultimately we're going to have to bury one, but we're not getting too hard on ourselves and hopefully it will come."

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