Caron looking to 'make a statement' vs Columbus


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.

Cassidy: 'Trying to set a standard' of being one of the NHL's better teams

Cassidy: 'Trying to set a standard' of being one of the NHL's better teams

BOSTON – The Bruins have won seven of eight games under interim coach Bruce Cassidy and are fortifying their position as the third playoff team in the Atlantic Division with each passing victory.

The 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes at TD Garden on Tuesday night probably shouldn’t be all impressive based on the Yotes standing as the second-worst team in the NHL, but it was a classic trap game coming off a long West Coast road trip. Instead of falling for the trap the Bruins exploded for three goals in the second period, energized by a shorthanded Riley Nash strike, and continue to extend the winning stretch they need in order to punch their playoff ticket.

The postseason clincher is still a long way away from reality, but Cassidy said the B’s are starting to achieve the elevated level of play they’re aiming for while finally getting the full potential out of their team.

“I just want the guys to make sure that they play confident, solid hockey and believe in themselves. And play to a [higher] standard,” said Cassidy. “We’re trying to set a standard where we’re one of the better teams in the National Hockey League. They’ve been there before, the leadership group here. That’s where we’re striving to get through in the end.”

They haven’t exactly shied away from the competition either, twice beating the first-place San Jose Sharks and shutting out the first place Montreal Canadiens in the final straw that saw Michel Therrien axed in favor of Claude Julien.

The B’s have now opened up a three-point cushion over the Maple Leafs for their playoff spot and they’ve averaged 4.13 goals per game (33 goals in eight games) while allowing just 2.13 goals per game (17 goals in eight games) in the eight games going from Julien to Cassidy. 

The challenge now is to maintain that level of play over the final 19 games of the regular season to drive home their playoff bid and finish strong at a point where in each of the past two seasons they’ve utterly imploded.


Wednesday, March 1: Bruins okay with not dealing

Wednesday, March 1: Bruins okay with not dealing

Here are all the links from around the hockey world as NHL trade deadline day is upon us with no promise of fireworks in Boston.

*As referenced above, there’s a good chance the Bruins won’t be doing much today and they’re perfectly okay with that.

*Craig Custance grades every move made ahead of the trade deadline with plenty of action out of the way early.

*The Vancouver Canucks will not be trading Ryan Miller, which is smart given the normal market for No. 1 goaltenders.

*The New York Rangers lost out on the Kevin Shattenkirk rental sweepstakes at the deadline, so they’ve opted for Brendan Smith instead.

*The Florida Panthers may make a move at the deadline (which they did in acquiring Thomas Vanek) but they will not make or break their team with deadline deals.

*Doug Armstrong says that Shattenkirk was frustrated by his role with the St. Louis Blues, and that played into his trade to the Capitals.

*For something completely different: It’s a national holiday in Canada as Jay and Dan will be returning to their natural habitat.