Caron an immediate contributor

March, 9, 2013
3/09/13
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BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins finally gave Jordan Caron an opportunity on Saturday and he helped the team to a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden.

The Bruins recalled the gritty forward from the Providence Bruins on Friday, and Claude Julien put him in the lineup on the team’s third line, alongside Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley.

Caron responded and posted an assist on Kelly’s goal at 13:28 of the first period to give Boston a 2-0 lead.

“I thought Jordy played extremely well,” Kelly said. “He played well in the offensive zone and he got in on the forecheck. He played great in his own end and did a lot of the little things that helped us tonight."

That line created sustained pressure in the offensive zone when Peverley made a pass to Caron, breaking to the net. He missed the pass at first, but recovered the puck in the corner and fed Kelly, who was camped out in the slot to give Boston a two-goal lead. It was Kelly’s second goal of the season.

“It was a great pass,” Kelly said. “He and Pevs almost connected on a great two-on-one just before that. For him to get the puck back and make a nice play was pretty heads up play by him.”

Caron finished with 13:45 of ice time in his first NHL game since the first round of the playoffs last spring.

“He had a really good game and so did (Kelly and Peverley),” Julien said. “Let’s not overlook the fact that Caron didn’t make that line be better all of a sudden – all three guys were really good today. That whole line was better today as a threesome.”

Ever since the Bruins selected Caron in the first round (25th overall) of the 2009 draft, the organization has been waiting for him to make an impact at the NHL level. The 22-year-old forward has shown glimpses in his previous 71 career games for the Bruins, but he hasn’t been consistent enough to stick in Boston.

Prior to his recall from Providence on Friday, he’s spent the entire season in the AHL. He wanted to keep his game simple on Saturday and he accomplished that.

“Just wanted to play my game and be good on the forecheck and create turnovers,” he said. “(Wanted to be) strong in the corner and be good defensively, as well. I don’t want to be caught in my D-zone too much. I just wanted to chip in offensively.”

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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