Caron looking to 'make a statement' vs Columbus

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Caron looking to 'make a statement' vs Columbus

COLUMBUS Jordan Caron is ready for another NHL close-up.

With Daniel Paille on the shelf due to a concussion, the 21-year-old Caron gets another extended look with the Bruins fourth line after stepping in for Paille when his nose was smashed up last month.

Caron managed to get warmed up with a spot start against the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday night when Tyler Seguin got served with a healthy scratch, and pointed to a pair of games with the Providence Bruins last week as a key to keeping him sharp. Both Caron and Steve Kampfer were shipped out to Providence last weekend to get in a couple of games after long stints as healthy scratches in Boston, and knocked the rust off.

The 6-foot-3, 204-pounder will man the left wing alongside Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell, and will add a size and strength element that will give the Bs fourth line a different look. As always Caron is looking to make an impression and find a way into more playing time with a Bs team that appears locked within their day-to-day lineup and has been a beneficiary of good health Paille notwithstanding.

Every chance for me is huge. Ive got to make a statement out there and the games are very important to me, said Caron, who has three points in 12 games. Ive just got to make sure Im ready when I get the call.

With Paille in the fold, that line uses his speed as an effective weapon, but Carons ability to shoot and carry the puck to the net could provide a little more finish around the net.

I felt pretty good when I had to play here in Winnipeg, said Caron. Im just going to play my game and keep things simple. I throw pucks to the net. Thats what I do when Im in there. I played with Campbell and Thornton a few times before I got scratched and I thought I played pretty good."

Im trying to do the same thing tonight. You cant really get used to erratic playing time, but youve just got to make sure youre ready when you get the call. Those two games in Providence a week ago were pretty good for me. Because of them I didnt lose too much rhythm. The speed of the game and my reactions were there when I played.

Claude Julien said he didnt mind Carons game in Winnipeg and thats the Bs coachs way of saying he thought the young winger played a solid game. He was skating with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron in Seguins place that evening, but his style of play meshes well up and down the forward lines.

Hes got a pretty strong, heavy game. He certainly doesnt have the speed that Dan has, but he has some really good puck skills, said Julien. Hes strong along the boards and things like that. I think hell be really good on that line.

With the Bruins riding a two-game losing streak, now would be a perfect time for Caron to make the kind of impression that helps lead the Bs to a win against the NHLs worst team this season.

Julien wonders whether Bruins shutout loss was fatigue-related

Julien wonders whether Bruins shutout loss was fatigue-related

BOSTON – The Bruins didn’t show anything on the ice in Monday afternoon’s 4-0 matinee loss, and that’s not really any kind of an overstatement.

The scoring chances were almost nonexistent despite 32 shots on net, the second period was dreadful as the Bruins gave up three goals over the course of a six minute span and there was zero added urgency in the third period once the B’s fell behind. The emotion was missing from the drop of the puck to open the game and it never showed up once the Islanders began taking control of the game.

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It was a bitterly disappointing result after the Black and Gold had played so well in their previous five games, and put in strong, winning efforts against the Panthers, Blues and Flyers.

On Monday afternoon, the passes were sloppy and errant all over the ice, there was zero physicality and the Bruins buckled once the Isles turned the intensity up just a little bit in the second period. The game was basically over once Nikolay Kulemin snapped one home wide open from the slot area with Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid and David Krejci all blowing their defensive assignments, and then Tuukka Rask followed it up by allowing a softie to Josh Bailey from a bad angle close to net.  

So Bruins head coach Claude Julien termed it a “flat” performance once it was all over with, and openly wondered whether it was fatigue-related result linked to the compacted schedule Boston has played through this season. Monday marked the seventh straight day that the Bruins held some kind of formal skate, though most of the veteran B's players stayed off the ice during last week's Wednesday off-day practice in Nashville.   

“We were flat tonight, obviously, flat from the get-go. I think that first half of the game, we didn’t give much until they scored that first goal. We were able to stay in, but we certainly weren’t generating much ourselves, from that point of view,” said Claude Julien. “His is really the first year, for me as well, going through a condensed schedule, and I’m certainly not using that as an excuse, is it fatigue?. . . But we were flat tonight. How do you explain it? I don’t know. I know that it’s frustrating. I know that it’s disappointing. That’s all I can say.

“Whether it’s mental fatigue, whatever it is. We made some mistakes tonight like, from the goals you look at, we weren’t even in the position that we’re normally in. So we were totally out of whack, as far as even defending. When you give that first goal that much room in the middle of the ice, your D’s go on the wrong side, your weak-side forward is way on the other side, and you open up the slot area, that’s something I haven’t seen much of this year. I think it said a lot from our game tonight.”

The compacted schedule certainly could be a factor for a Bruins team that’s played more games than anybody else in the Eastern Conference to this point, but the B’s also had 48 hours to recharge after winning a Saturday matinee over the Flyers. So the fatigue excuse seems a little far-fetched for a hockey club that’s no-showed a few too many times this season, and did it again on Monday afternoon against one of the worst teams in the NHL.