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Julien wants Caron to play with confidence

1/12/2012

BOSTON -- With Brad Marchand in the midst of a five-game suspension and an extended road trip approaching, the Bruins added an extra forward Thursday by recalling left winger Jordan Caron from the Providence Bruins.

Caron was seen on the ice during Thursday’s morning skate at the TD Garden, but he will likely be in the stands tonight when the Bruins face the Montreal Canadiens.

“There’s ups and downs,” said Caron before Thursday’s game. “I think it’s normal; I’m still really young and still improving, and I’ve just got to take it one day at a

time. Right now I’m in Boston and I want to stay here, and I’ve just got to prove that I belong here.”

Caron has played in 13 games for the Bruins this season, notching one goal and two assists. Before Thursday’s call-up, the 21-year-old forward was in the midst of a four-game stint with Providence beginning on Dec. 23. He has recorded two goals and seven assists in 12 games for Providence this season.

“He’s a guy that we wanted to see play down there a little bit more -- to give him a chance to get his game going,” coach Claude Julien said. “We’re heading on the road after tonight and we want some extra bodies. And he’s one of those guys that I think is worthy of getting some opportunities, because we like his game.”

If Caron gets a chance to play, Julien says he will be looking for the forward to be more confident in the offensive zone and create more scoring chances.

“He’s a big, strong body,” noted Julien. "I remember seeing him in camp his first year and how he took the puck to the net and really used his size and strength to take those pucks to the net, and that was pretty impressive to me."

“I think now he just wants to make sure he doesn’t make any mistakes, and I don’t want him to play that way," Julien added. "I don’t want him to be afraid to make mistakes, I want him to play with confidence and make things happen.”