|After bad luck and bad games, Jordan Caron happy to be back with Bruins||03.08.13 at 2:57 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Jordan Caron feels that Friday’s call-up was a long time coming, but a myriad of factors — the lockout, injuries and inconsistency — made his wait to resume his NHL career a little longer.
Caron, who was drafted 25th overall by the Bruins in 2009, was called up and sent down over half a dozen times last season, but he strung together some success at this time last year. From March 4 to March 10, Caron had points in four straight games, scoring three goals and adding four assists for seven points.
When the Bruins traded Benoit Pouliot in the offseason and Brian Rolston did not return, it appeared Caron could be destined to finally be given a full-time shot for the B’s after going up and down between Boston and Providence in his first two seasons. That didn’t happen, as the lockout forced him to begin the season in Providence, where he suffered a shoulder injury that kept him out of training camp when the NHL finally got the ball rolling in January.
“I had a really good second half last year, and I wanted to come here this year and keep going in the same path,” he said. “Obviously with the lockout, it didn’t go that way. Going down to Providence, I wasn’t really happy about it, but there was nothing I could do. I just wanted to go out there and play and be ready for the when the [NHL] season would start.”
It wasn’t the only injury he had to deal with. After Caron returned from his shoulder injury, he took to the face on Jan. 31 (there is still a noticeable cut under his right eye), which caused him to miss time. Factor in that he wasn’t playing necessarily well in Providence (10 goals, five assists in 44 games), and there’s more than enough evidence that it’s been a frustrating season for the 22-year-old winger.
“I wanted to be here,” he said. “With the lockout, it was kind of bad luck, but I was trying to focus as much as I could in Providence. I’m not having my best season ever, but I think right now, just being here, it’s like a new season, a new start. Hopefully I can get it going even better.”
The good news for Caron is that he has picked it up of late, with four goals and three assists for seven points over his last nine games. He attributes his recent success to being put on a line with Christian Hanson and Bobby Robins, which he says has allowed him to “get back to basics.”
With Chris Bourque down in Providence, it would appear Caron’s new linemates figure to be Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley when he gets into the lineup. Caron skated with the line in Friday’s practice, splitting left wing duties with Jay Pandolfo. Claude Julien wouldn’t say after Friday’s practice whether the B’s intend to get Caron into the lineup Saturday against the Flyers, but Caron would welcome a reunion with Kelly after spending time on his line last season.
“Obviously Kells is a really good defensive player and is really smart on the ice,” Caron said. “For my part, my job is to go on the forecheck and create turnovers, so I know with Kells, I’ve just got to go and not think about posting up as the third man.”
In 71 career NHL games, Caron has 10 goals and 12 assists for the Bruins. Despite how long ago it may have been, he’s still encouraged by what he was able to do in the second half of last season, and the Bruins expect him to build on it.
“I thought he played pretty well at the end of last year,” Julien said. “He’s a big body. He’s strong along the walls. We asked him to do some things in Providence this year — take pucks to the net and go to the net — and he’s done that. It’s about giving him that opportunity now to show us that he’s gotten better.”
|Bruins recall Jordan Caron, Chris Bourque clears waivers||03.08.13 at 12:05 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins Bruins recalled forward Jordan Caron from Providence Friday morning, a day after the team waived Chris Bourque with the intention of assigning him to Providence. Bourque cleared waivers at noon on Friday, so he will be able to play for Boston’s AHL affiliate.
The callup is an intriguing one, as Caron was expected to compete for a job on the third line this season, but was injured prior to training camp. Caron, who showed some flashes with the B’s late last season, has had an underwhelming season in the AHL this year, with 10 goals and five assists for 15 points in 44 games.
Caron was the Bruins’ first round pick (25th overall) in the 2009 draft and has played 75 games for Boston in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 season, though he’s yet to play in the NHL this year. Last season, he scored seven goals and added eight assists for 15 points in 48 games.
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|Bruins beat Maple Leafs to snap mini-skid||03.07.13 at 9:39 pm ET|
The Bruins stopped their two-game skid Thursday night with a 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs at TD Garden.
The B’s got goals from Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin (one even strength and one empty netter) and David Krejci to improve their record to 15-3-3. With 33 points through 21 games, the B’s temporarily jumped to the top of the Eastern Conference, though the Canadiens (32 points) were leading the Hurricanes as Boston’s contest wound down.
Here’s what went right and wrong for the B’s in the win.:
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Bergeron and his line remain hot, as No. 37’s multi-point night means he now has 14 points over his last nine contests. Seguin made a heads up play in picking off a pass at the blue line in the final minute of the period and racing to the net. With Dion Phaneuf hot on his trail, Seguin was denied by Scrivens before the trailing Bergeron buried the rebound for his sixth goal of the season. In assisting both of Seguin’s goals, Bergeron made it four goals and 10 assists over his last nine games.
– You can’t mention the Bergeron line without mentioning Brad Marchand, who leads the team in goals but has been piling up assists of late. After notching only one helper over his first 12 games of the season, Marchand now has seven assists over the last eight contests. As for Seguin, he has 16 points in 15 career games against the Maple Leafs.
– Khudobin had a strong night for the B’s, frustrating Phil Kessel in particular. Boston’s backup netminder made a great kick-save early on against Kessel and stopped him on the rebound as well. Later in the period, with the B’s shorthanded, Khudobin came across in time to get a leg on Kessel’s bid after Kessel tried to tap in a puck that had bounced off the end boards and in front following a shot from the point. Kessel was kept off the scoresheet Thursday and had a minus-1 rating.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Until Seguin’s empty netter, the B’s were on the verge of being outscored in the third period for the third straight game. The Bruins had a two-goal lead going into the third, so they were able to escape with the win despite the goal from Mikhail Grabovski that brought Toronto within one in the final minutes.
– Krejci redeemed himself with his goal late in the second period, but his inability to handle a pass in front led directly to Kadri’s goal. He also turned the puck over at the point at the end of the Bruins’ next power play, but he got back to defend the 2-on-1, with Khudobin stopping Nikolai Kulemin.
– The Bruins were 0-for-3 on the power play, failing to make it a three-goal game when Dion Phaneuf and Colton Orr gave Boston two power plays early in the third.
|NHLPA approves realignment plan||03.07.13 at 6:36 pm ET|
The NHLPA has approved of the NHL’s realignment plan Thursday, with the Board of Governors next to vote to put the plan into action for next season.
In the proposed realignment, there would be two conferences comprised of four divisions (16 teams in the East, 14 teams in the West) instead of the current six-division system. The Bruins would be part of the new Central Division in the Eastern Conference along with the Red Wings, Sabres, Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Panthers, Lightning and Senators. The Atlantic Division would contain Carolina, Columbus, New Jersey, New York’s Rangers and Islanders, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington.
In the West, the new Pacific Division will feature Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose and Vancouver. Finally, the Midwest Division will be made up of Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis and Winnipeg.
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|Bruins place Chris Bourque on waivers||03.07.13 at 12:22 pm ET|
The Bruins placed forward Chris Bourque on waivers Thursday, the team announced. NHL teams will have 24 hours to claim him, and if he goes unclaimed the B’s will be able to assign him to Providence.
Bourque, the son of Bruins legend Ray Bourque, has struggled throughout his first season in Boston, totaling one goal and three assists with a minus-6 rating in 18 games. He has been a healthy scratch twice.
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|Anton Khudobin expected to start vs. Leafs||03.07.13 at 11:30 am ET|
Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin was reportedly the first goaltender off the ice in Thursday’s morning skate, indicating that he will start Thursday night against the Maple Leafs.
Khudobin is 3-1-0 this season with a 2.52 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage. He last started Saturday against the Lightning, making 20 saves in a 3-2 win.
In addition to Khudobin likely starting, the Bruins may see Jay Pandolfo play left wing on the third line, as reports from the Garden indicated that he and Chris Bourque rotated on the line in morning skate, with Bourque staying out later with the healthy scratches.
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|Max Pacioretty: Claude Julien rant ‘jealousy’||03.04.13 at 10:30 pm ET|
The Canadiens heard Claude Julien‘s rant about them embellishing loud and clear, and the first-place Habs are happy to have gotten inside the Bruins’ heads.
‘Jealousy,’ Max Pacioretty told reporters Monday when discussing Julien’s comments. ‘We’re at the top right now and reading comments like that is awesome. If we’re in last place, they wouldn’t be saying anything about us, but we’re in first place and it’s the best feeling in the world.’
Julien said after Montreal’s 4-3 win over the B’s Sunday that the Canadiens were “embarrassing” the NHL with their embellishing, something Habs coach Michel Therrien disagreed with.
‘I’ve known Claude for a long time and I’ve been coaching teams against him for a long time, too. To me, those comments that he made were ridiculous and I think he was very frustrated to have lost that game,” Therrien said. “Claude can concentrate on his team and I’ll concentrate on my own.
‘Our goal is to play a style of game that we feel will best bring us success. That’s what’s really important for me,’ continued the Habs’ bench boss. ‘We need to be able to show up for every game and for us that means playing an aggressive style of hockey and controlling the match. The players have been paying a lot of attention to the details and they deserve a lot of credit.’