After a weekend of tough losses to the New York Islanders and New York Rangers, the Bruins needed to walk out of Toronto last night with two points.
Outscoring the Maple Leafs 23-6 in the first four games of the six game season series, —all wins by the Bruins— a matchup with the struggling Leafs was just what the doctor ordered.
The Leafs struck early in the first putting the Bruins behind the eight ball, a position they have found themselves in numerous times over the past two months.
Down a goal, in a game they needed to win, an unlikely hero stepped up for the Black and Gold.
Just two days after his best game as a Bruin, Jordan Caron topped his previous outing, labeling this one as his most recent best game as a Bruin.
The former first round draft pick scored twice, and added an assist as the Bruins squeaked by the Leafs 5-4.
In the past two tilts, Caron has looked as confident as ever, something that Bruins head coach Claude Julien is happy to see.
“Well it does, I think it goes to show that you really do need patience with young players, and you know once he gets going you start to give him more ice, and it encourages him to keep playing that way” said Julien.
“You know you got to give him that opportunity, he’s a guy who’s been around, In and out for the last couple of years, and I think he’s starting to get his confidence like we saw from him when he was playing juniors. He’s a power forward who get’s pucks to the net and kind of finds those loose pucks around the net area which he’s been showcasing that, he’s been finishing his checks, and he’s a big strong kid.”
With the Bruins thin at the forward position due to some key injuries it’s really big for Caron and line mates Chris Kelly and Benoit Pouliot to keep producing. The trio has combined for nine points in the Bruins past two contests. The one down spot about the trio is the undisclosed injury to Pouliot. No. 67 left yesterday’s contest and his status for tomorrow night’s game against the Sabres is in question.
It’s exciting to see Caron finally finding his game and showing the potential the Sayabec, Quebec, Canada native has, just ask Jack Edwards.
“Jordan Caron has become the first round pick that the Bruins wanted him to be” shouted the Bruins play-by-play announcer after Caron tied the game up for the Bruins last night.
With just 10 points on the season, I wouldn’t go that far Jack, but a string of games like we have seen lately from Caron, and he could be the kid the Bruins hoped for when they drafted him with the 25th overall selection in the 2009 National Hockey League entry draft.