Caron taking advantage of most recent promotion

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Caron taking advantage of most recent promotion

BUFFALO Jordan Caron didnt want to see it happen that way, but the 21-year-old Bruins winger had to look at Zach Hamills trip to Providence as a vote of confidence for him.

Caron had one of his better games this season when he jumped onto the third line with Benoit Pouliot and David Krejci on Sunday against the Washington Capitals, and will be in the lineup until Nathan Horton returns from a concussion. Caron was kept off the board against the Caps, but the former first round pick had a couple of quality chances close to the net in an encouraging performance.

Caron was strong on the puck, he was good along the walls and he used his 6-foot-3, 204-pound frame to good use in his sixth promotion from the AHL back to Bostons hockey club. Bruins coach Claude Julien has always had a fondness for Carons game, and thats only augmented by his performance on the ice.

With guys like Pouliot and Krejci it makes it even easier. Krejci is always looking for the pass and taking the shot when he has to. Its really easy to play with him, said Caron. Theyre players that see the ice so well. Its the same thing. I just want to play hard, play my game and keep things simple. If I do that then Ill be fine.Just getting some playing time down in Providence helped. I played in a lot of games down there. It was good.

If Caron can maintain that level of play hell serve the Bruins well as the break glass during emergency forward on the Bs roster, but thats the rub with every young forward play with an established group. Its difficult to maintain a high level of play with intermittent playing time, and thats something Hamill had trouble with at the end of his stint.

I thought he skated more with the puck and he obviously had a couple of good point blank chances, so he was getting more involved, said Claude Julien. Thats what we asked him to do when he went down to Providence. Hes kind of found that part of his game. With these guys that have come up now its about maintaining it. I liked his first game and hopefully he follows up on that.

With Horton still waiting for clearance to get back onto the practice ice with his teammates while battling back from a concussion, Caron will be looked upon to make an impact during yet another go-round with the Bs this season.

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

BOSTON – The Bruins simply weren’t ready to play on Thursday night when the puck was dropped against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. 

They fell down quickly by a 2-0 score, had a couple of completely inept power plays in the first period that sucked all the game’s momentum away from them and received some subpar goaltending from Anton Khudobin on the way to a 4-2 loss to the lowly Avs. About the only B’s person above reproach in this one was David Pastrnak after scoring a pair of goals in the second period to get Boston back into the game, but it all fell short in a very frustrating, lackadaisical loss to a Western Conference team that isn’t very good. 

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Needless to say B’s coach Claude Julien wasn’t too happy after a loss where the Bruins might have had more success with a smarter approach to holding the puck. 

“There were a lot of problematic things [in the loss]. No doubt that the power play could have helped us in the first period, and failed to do that. They’ve got to be better,” said Julien. “We needed some saves tonight, and we didn’t get them. [Anton Khudobin] has got to be better. 

“A lot of things here that we can be better at, and take responsibility [for]. But at the same time, you got to move on here.  It’s one of those nights that had we been smarter from the get go, we would have had a chance.”

Clearly it was about a lacking group effort when dissecting the loss, and the minus-3 for David Krejci on Thursday night marked back-to-back negative performances from the playmaking Czech center in big spots. The goaltending was shoddy with Anton Khudobin allowing four goals on 22 shots for Colorado, and unable to make plays on a couple of Colorado shots from outside the painted area that built up the Avs lead in the first place. 

But it was also very much about the inability of the Bruins to generate consistent offense outside of David Pastrnak’s offensive burst in the second period, and the complete breakdown of the Boston power play in the opening 20 minutes. The Bruins struggled to enter the zone in their first PP possession of the game, and then allowed a Nathan MacKinnon shorthanded goal after Torey Krug futilely dove at the blue line to try and keep the puck in the offensive zone. 

The Krug misplay at the offensive blue line gave MacKinnon a clear path the net, and he buried a wrist shot past Khudobin to get the one-sided loss rolling. Beyond the costly mistakes that ended up in the back of the net, the Bruins looked sloppy and slow-reacting in their breakouts and more than willing to settle for outside perimeter shots.

That doesn’t exactly make for a winning combo even when it comes against a flawed, underachieving team like Colorado, and especially when it comes less than 24 hours after a hard-fought road game in Washington DC. 

“I think we were still sleeping there early in the game and they were able to capitalize on their opportunities. We couldn’t claw our way back,” said Brad Marchand, who picked up an assist on David Pastrnak’s second goal of the night on a perfect dish for the one-timer. “I think it was definitely a mental [block]. You’re able to battle through that physical fatigue. It was more the mental mistakes and not being prepared right off the hop of the start of the game. Again, that’s kind of where we lost it.”

The sleepwalking Bruins lost Thursday night’s valuable two points as soon as the opening puck was dropped against the Avalanche, of course, and the Bruins never got out of lollygag mode at a time when intensity should have been automatic. 

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Chiefs top Raiders 21-13, take AFC West lead

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THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Chiefs top Raiders 21-13, take AFC West lead

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tyreek Hill had touchdowns receiving and on a punt return, Kansas City's defense made life miserable for Oakland quarterback Derek Carr, and the Chiefs beat the Raiders 21-13 on a frigid Thursday night to take control of the AFC West.

Charcandrick West also had a touchdown run for the Chiefs (10-3). They moved into a first-place tie with Oakland (10-3) but holds the tiebreaker with two wins over their longtime divisional rival.

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