NEW YORK Jordan Caron hasnt been able to make the impact he probably wanted to while stepping in for the Bruins when injuries hit both Rich Peverley and Nathan Horton.
But the 21-year-old Caron seems to finally be settling in now that hes skating with Chris Kelly and Benoit Pouliot on the Bs third line, and the former first round pick had his best NHL game with a pair of points in Bostons 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
I felt pretty good. Kelly and Pouliot were skating well. I thought we did a good job on the forecheck and that really made things easy for us, said Caron.
With his team down 2-0 and his coach just 24 hours earlier calling for more secondary scoring out of players like him, Caron made something happen for his team. The winger barreled into Rangers defensemen Michael Del Zotto while Chris Kelly attacked from the other side on the forecheck.
The heavy pressure caused Del Zotto to backhand a puck into the middle of the ice and Benoit Pouliot fired a shot past Henrik Lundqvist to give the Bruins a faint heartbeat in an important game. Then Caron notched his second goal in as many weeks when he intercepted a Dan Girardi stretch pass after hopping over the boards, sped into the offensive zone and whipped a wrist shot past Lundqvist from the right face-off circle to things up.
Pouliots goal snapped a stretch of one goal in his last 24 games and Caron had only one goal in his last 14 games headed into Sundays matinee against the Blueshirts, so it was vital they got untracked. Caron said some of it comes down to being comfortable with his linemates and seeing some reward for the effort theyre putting out there.
Every game we want to score. Who doesnt? Every game were trying hard to put up points and create scoring chances, said Caron. It isnt always easy, but I think weve been doing a pretty good job lately. Weve just got to start winning a little bit more and everything is going to be fine.
Certainly things didnt end well for a Bruins team that couldnt hold back the Rangers in the third period, but Julien did get the secondary scoring for players like Caron and Pouliot that hed been searching for.
We talked about it yesterday. We needed that. It gave us a chance to win a hockey game, said Julien. Besides some tough goals that went against us we could have won that game easily.
While it didnt prove to be the difference on Sunday afternoon, an elevated level of play from Caron could be a difference-maker for the Bs as they look for players to step up in the face of injuries.