B's Caron makes most of his chance

B's Caron makes most of his chance
October 4, 2013, 12:30 am
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BOSTON -- If you wanted to, you could make the argument that Jordan Caron should be in Providence.

But try telling that to the 6-foot-3, 200-pound former first-round pick after Boston's 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night at the TD Garden.

The scoresheet won't tell the whole story. In fact, it will only tell you that Caron had two shots on net in 10:21 of ice time, while playing on a line with Chris Kelly and Reilly Smith.

Caron was only in the lineup because Carl Soderberg has an injured ankle. He's only in Boston because the Bruins are giving him another shot.

Whether it's Caron's last shot to stay with the team remains unknown. Still, it's getting close.

In order to keep himself out of Providence, the now fourth-year forward has to take things into his own hands. He has to become a more consistently physical player. And that includes taking the puck hard to the net when he has the chance.

On Thursday night, he did just that, and looked like someone who earned a spot in the lineup, rather than just an injury replacement who was getting a last look.

"That's my type of game," said Caron after the game. "They want me to take the puck to the net.

"That's something I want to do, taking pucks to the net and being strong offensively on the walls," he added. "That's something that's part of my game, and tonight was a good example of that."

In the opening minutes of the second period, Caron took it upon himself to take the puck hard to the net from the lower-left circle, cutting across the top of the crease through Lightning defensemen, jamming away at a puck that remained loose.

By the time Caron got all the way to the right post, he finally put that loose puck past Tampa Bay goaltender Anders Lindback and into the net, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead.

Only, the Bruins' lead was still only 1-0, because the official ruled it no goal.

"He blew the whistle a little bit too quick," Caron said.

The ref's angle was from the left corner, so as Caron kept whacking away at the puck as he cut through the crease, the ref lost sight of it and blew the play dead too soon.

"I got pretty jacked up when I saw it go in," said Caron. "But then I heard the whistle and I saw the ref waving it off. So I was a bit disappointed, but I had to turn the page and keep going."

In reality, it was a bad call. An awful call. The worst call of the game.

It should have been ruled a goal, because Lindback never had it tied up. Not even close. The ref just had a bad angle.

"It's a long season, and I wish it was a good goal," said Caron. "But what can I do now?"

The only thing he can do. Keep battling. Keep taking the puck hard to the net. Keep winning battles along the wall.

For one night, at least, it got the Bruins' attention.

"I think right now he's grasping the opportunity here," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "And I thought he had a good game. That line was pretty good for us tonight.

"They really worked hard on the forecheck and made things happen. So they were a good line for us tonight. But Jordan, I was extremely happy with his game."