|Jordan Caron’s up-and-down season continues||01.12.12 at 12:17 pm ET|
When Jordan Caron made the Bruins out of training camp this season, he probably didn’t expect to be sent down to Providence and recalled five separate times before the halfway point of the regular season.
Yet for a number of reasons — most notably the emergence of Benoit Pouliot as a regular in the B’s lineup and Zach Hamill’s return to relevance — that’s the way it’s been for the former first-round pick, who had said prior to the season that his goal was to stay up with the B’s for the whole campaign. Caron’s made the trip to Providence and back far more often than he had expected, but he isn’t complaining.
“It’s not far. That makes it easier,” Caron said of all of the back and forth Thursday after being recalled once again. “I need to play games, and I can’t be sitting here a month without playing, so I think it’s pretty good for me to go down there and get some games.”
In 12 AHL games this season, Caron has two goals and seven assists for nine points. Coach Claude Julien said after the team’s optional skate Thursday that Caron needs to work on his offensive game, and that he can’t assume he’ll be the next guy called up whenever he’s sent down. Caron agreed.
“I need to keep improving and create stuff offensively,” Caron said. “That’s what I’ve been trying to do. When I go down there, it’s not just to play. I need to play well and keep getting better.”
|Marc Savard not coming to Boston Thursday||01.12.12 at 11:28 am ET|
The Bruins confirmed late Thursday morning that forward Marc Savard, whose career is most likely over due to multiple concussions, will not be coming to Boston to make his scheduled appearance.
Earlier Thursday, Savard was tweeting about weather interfering with his travel plans.
Savard was scheduled to meet with the media at 4:30 p.m. at TD Garden Thursday. He was scheduled to be in town to open the suite at TD Garden he purchased for patients at Children’s Hospital dealing with head trauma.
Savard will travel to Boston for a future game.
|Bruins recall Jordan Caron from Providence||01.12.12 at 10:35 am ET|
The Bruins recalled forward Jordan Caron from Providence Thursday, a move that gives them a spare forward with Brad Marchand suspended.
The Bruins have sent Caron to Providence five times this season. In 12 AHL games, Caron has two goals and seven assists for nine points. In 13 NHL games this season, Caron has one goal and two assists for three points.
|Brad Marchand: Shawn Thornton knew Dale Weise wanted to fight Adam McQuaid||01.11.12 at 2:26 pm ET|
Bruins forward Brad Marchand, making his regular appearance on WEEI with Mut and Merloni, revealed Wednesday that Bruins forward Shawn Thornton knew that Vancouver forward Dale Weise was not trying to fight him in the first period of Saturday’s game.
Weise extended a challenge and appeared ready to drop his gloves prior to a face-off in the opening period, but when Thornton dropped his gloves at 14:58 of the period, Weise, who had fourth Nathan Horton earlier in the period, kept them on. Though at first glance it appeared Weise was using a cheap tactic to sucker Thornton into a penalty, Marchand said Wednesday that the challenge was indeed being extended to Adam McQuaid, and that Thornton jumped in to “surprise” Weise.
“I’m going to clear it up for everyone who’s listening,” Marchand said. “It was actually a really sneaky play by Thorty. Weise was trying to fight McQuaid, who was standing behind Thornton on the point. McQuaid was going to fight him. So, Weise was yelling and saying, ‘Yeah, let’s go, let’s go.’
“Thorty just figured that at that point he’d drop his gloves and surprise Weise. And the ref just kind of heard Weise yelling ‘Let’s go’ and thought he was talking to Thorty and conning him into a penalty. Thorty kind of surprised him when Thorty dropped his gloves. Weise had no idea Thorty was going to do that.”
Added Marchand: “Him and Quaider know each other a bit from the minors and I think junior as well. They might have went at [it] there.”
Marchand’s words corroborate Weise’s story, as he told reporters prior to Monday’s game that he was trying to fight McQuaid.
Thornton expressed confusion by the play following the game, though he did suggest that Weise could have possibly been looking to fight McQuaid. Both players were given unsportsmanlike conduct minors for the ordeal.
“Oh, he said ‘let’s go’,” Thornton said after the game. “I don’t know if he was talking to me or someone else but [referee Dan O’Rourke] heard him and [referee Don] VanMassenhoven heard him and that’s why he went with me I’m assuming. I mean, you’ll have to ask him. But Donny said, ‘wait until the puck drops’ and I said ‘of course’. I heard him say ‘we’ll go’, maybe he was talking to McQuaid or I have no idea. But, I thought it was, obviously thought it was go time.”
Thornton added Tuesday night on Comcast Sports Net that he wanted to fight Weise because he was among the players who jumped him when he was drastically outnumbered 3:54 into the game.
|Bruins prepare for Canadiens||01.11.12 at 1:17 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — With the Canadiens coming to town Thursday, the Bruins returned to practice Wednesday after Tuesday’s 5-3 come-from-behind win over the Jets.
All members were present for the B’s, including the suspended Brad Marchand. Normally the team’s second-line left winger, Marchand skated as the extra forward on the third line with Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley and Zach Hamill.
The Habs, who are currently 12th in the Eastern Conference, are coming off a 3-0 loss to the Blues Tuesday night.
Thursday marks the Bruins’ final game of a four-game homestand before they hit the road for four in a row. Coach Claude Julien said he expects to call a forward up from Providence for the trip, as the Marchand-less B’s currently do not have an eligible 13th forward. Assume that player will be Jordan Caron.
|Obsess much? Canucks reportedly rip covers off NHL media guides with images of Zdeno Chara holding Cup||01.11.12 at 11:54 am ET|
Miami Herald reporter George Richards noticed something odd in the press box at Monday’s Canucks-Panthers game. Someone had ripped the cover off the NHL Official Guide & Record Books that were there for the media.
The cover features a photo of Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara holding the Stanley Cup. Putting two and two together, Richards surmised that someone with the Canucks organization ripped the books in anger at the B’s following Saturday’s heated battle.
Richards put his photos of the damaged books on his Twitter site, and it’s been gaining steam on the web since.
|Nathan Horton leads Bruins past Jets||01.10.12 at 9:35 pm ET|
The Bruins put a their off-ice distractions aside Tuesday night and delievered a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over the Jets at TD Garden.
The Jets got on the board at 16:53 of the first period when Andrew Ladd tipped a Zach Bogosian shot past Tuukka Rask. The B’s responded shortly after, with Lucic sending a pass to Nathan Horton in front, with Horton tipping the puck past Jets netminder Ondrej Pavelec. Former Bruin Blake Wheeler continued his hot streak by redirecting a shot past Rask 31 seconds into the second period. Shawn Thornton tied it in impressive fashion, with the fourth-liner getting the first penalty shot of his career and picking up his fourth goal of the season. Eric Fehr gave the Jets lead back, but third-period goals from Tyler Seguin, Horton and Benoit Pouliot gave the B’s the victory.
The Bruins will next play Thursday, when they host the Canadiens at TD Garden.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Thornton came an assist away from a Gordie Howe hat trick, and he would have picked it up in quite unusual fashion. For starters, his goal came on a shorthanded penalty shot in which he showed he hasn’t been wasting his time in shootout drills with Tuukka Rask late in practices. The fourth-line enforcer, who drew the penalty shot with some good hustle out of the penalty box, showed off a fancy toe-drag, went to his back hand and flipped the puck over Pavalec to tie the game at two.
Thornton then grabbed Mark Stuart at the end of a play in the Jets’ zone and tangoed with his former Bruins teammate in a passionate bout.
– In picking up the secondary assist on Horton’s first goal, David Krejci extended his point streak to nine consecutive games. He added a second assist on the night when he won the draw to set up Horton’s third-period goal, giving the Czech center 14 points over the last nine contests.
No. 46 also had a standout performance at the faceoff dot, winning 11 of the 13 draws he took on the night.
– Speaking of streaks, Seguin extended his point streak to five games with his game-winning goal. He now has 17 goals on the season, and three goals over his last five games. His goal was a beauty, as he didn’t quite have enough space to have a clean breakaway but still managed to outrace the defender giving chase and beat Pavelec.
– Though the three goals he allowed tripled what he’d given up over his last four starts, Rask has now won six games in a row for the Bruins, and after losing his first three games of the season, has improved his overall record to 10-4-1 on the season.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– It really can’t be considered a bad thing for the Bruins given that they got Rich Peverley in exchange for him, but Wheeler has really turned it on it for the Jets of late. With his second-period goal, the former Bruin now has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in his last 15 games. Good to see Wheeler, one of the game’s good guys, finding success in Winnipeg.
– Thornton fell victim to what looked like a pretty bogus call at full speed. No. 22 was given a minor for for an illegal check to the head of Chris Thorburn, though Thornton seemed to be brushing past Thorburn without making contact. The fourth-line winger made the best of a bad situation, sprinting out of the box at the penalty’s conclusion and hustling get the shorthanded breakaway (Andrew Ference was in the box for hooking) on which he drew the call that gave him the penalty shot.
– Speaking of bad calls involving Thorburn, the Jets winger got a penalty shot early in the first due to contact made by Dennis Seidenberg, even though Thorburn got a clean shot off and was stuffed by Rask. The Finnish net-minder made the whole thing a moot point, stopping Thorburn once again on the penalty shot. The game marked the first contest in Bruins history in which each team had a penalty shot.
– Claude Julien didn’t like what he saw out of Zach Hamill early on. Hamill, who began the night centering Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly, was replaced on the line by Gregory Campbell late in the first period.