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Bruins beat Devils, 4-1 10.16.10 at 9:18 pm ET
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For the second straight game, it took until the second period for the Bruins to come alive offensively, but once they did, it was substantial enough to seal a victory. The B’s responded to a 1-0 Devils lead with four unanswered goals — one from each line — in the second off Martin Brodeur and hung on for a 4-1 victory at the Prudential Center.

Notable individual feats were accomplished for the Bruins, as Jordan Caron picked up his first NHL goal, Tyler Seguin had his first career assist, and Nathan Horton picked up his 300th career point in assisting Milan Lucic‘s tally.

Tim Thomas earned the victory for the Bruins, following up a shutout last Sunday with a 31-save effort.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

- It was good to see Caron get his first career goal out of the way. The 19-year-old struggled with confidence and over-thinking things as the preseason wore on, and was a scratch in the season-opener as a result. After Mark Recchi and Patrice Bergeron took notice, Bergeron, who has served as a mentor for the rookie, took Caron out for dinner and Prague to remind him that he’d be fine if he stuck to his game. The two have been linemates since Sunday’s 3-0 victory and the jitters seem to be a thing of the past.

- There weren’t any real struggles for Seguin in the preseason, but it’s still greatly encouraging to see the rookie center do more than his specialty in scoring. Seguin’s pass to set up Michael Ryder‘s go-ahead goal in the second provided proof of two things: that the second overall pick is already making a big impact and that the chemistry between Seguin and Ryder, who had a down year last season, is something that could very well take off.

- It won’t be every game that the Brad Marchand - Gregory CampbellShawn Thornton line puts together a well-executed goal on Martin Brodeur, so let’s give credit where credit is due. It was Thornton’s first goal since the second game of last season, a 7-2 win over the Hurricanes at home.

- It will be very interesting to see how Claude Julien handles the decision of who starts in net for Tuesday, because Tim Thomas continued to prove on Saturday that he is no backup goalie. The 2008-09 Vezina winner stood on his head at various points of the night and kept it a close game in the early going.

Thomas made 31 saves on the night, doing so six days after stopping all 29 shots he faced in last Sunday’s 3-0 shutout over the Coyotes. Dainius Zubrus scored the lone Devils goal on a rebound in the second period.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

- Yes, it is but three games into the season, but the power play in its small sample size has not provided much to write home about. With the team’s 0-for-3 showing with the man advantage on Saturday, the Bruins are now 1-for-11 on the season, with Nathan Horton’s power-play goal in the third period of last Saturday’s 5-2 loss their lone saving grace.

To stick with special teams, the penalty kill was quite impressive, with Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, and Johnny Boychuk looking very sharp in killing off a 5-on-3 to end the first period.

- After having just two last Sunday, Blake Wheeler went all of Saturday without a shot on net. Wheeler didn’t exactly have a poor showing on Saturday, but he’ll need to read a certain Wayne Gretzky quote if he wants to improve on his 18-goal mark from last season.

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Quebec connection paying dividends for Jordan Caron, Patrice Bergeron 10.15.10 at 1:34 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — A player’s rookie year in the NHL presents some pretty predictable obstacles. Getting used to the speed of the game, limiting mistakes, and not letting the game get inside one’s own head. When the player is under 20 years of age and learning a new language, perhaps the jitters felt and the speedbumps experienced become enhanced a bit, and the rookie naturally seeks the guidance of a player who was once in similar shoes.

That may be exactly the relationship that exists between Bruins second-liners Jordan Caron and Patrice Bergeron. Both players come from Quebec, and like Bergeron did as an 18-year-old in the 2003-04 season, Caron, 19, is entering a new league while also trying to master a new language. To this point, both his English and his game have come along nicely, though the whole package has been aided by the now 25-year-old Bergeron.

Having been mentored as a rookie by Martin Lapointe, Patrice Bergeron is passing his knowledge onto fellow Quebec native Jordan Caron (AP Photo)

Having been mentored as a rookie by Martin Lapointe, Patrice Bergeron is passing his knowledge on to fellow Quebec native Jordan Caron (AP Photo)

After over-thinking situations on the ice at points in the team’s scrimmage in Belfast, Bergeron and Mark Recchi, at the time linemates with Caron, had lunch and discussed the challenges the young winger was facing. The lunch concluded with the two deciding that it would be best if Bergeron took Caron for dinner to remind him of how big a difference he could make.

“It’s been a long camp for me, but I don’t want to take that as an excuse,” Caron said a few days after the Belfast game. “I guess it has been a long training camp for me, but I have to get over it and just try to do my best.”

While in Prague, Bergeron did take Caron, who by then had been demoted to the third line, out for the meal, one that both players feel helped the rookie.

“We went for dinner in Prague. I didn’t say much. It was just to make him feel comfortable and realize that he’s part of the team and he’s a good player and that even though he’s young, he’s good,” Bergeron said, adding that he told Caron to, “just play the same game that he’s been playing throughout his career.”

After scoring in the team’s preseason finale in Liberec, Czech Republic, Caron was a scratch in the season-opener against the Coyotes, a game in which the team fell to Phoenix, 5-2. He made his NHL debut on Sunday, being bumped back up to the second line with Bergeron and Blake Wheeler. Caron logged a team-low 9:42 minutes of ice time but got a couple of shots on net in the process, making an overall first impression that he’s glad to have gotten out of the way.

Since the team returned from Prague, Caron has skated with the second line and though he has taken to the “anything can happen” mentality, it appears his ice time will only go up as the season progresses. As that comes, so too may more rookie challenges, but Bergeron has made it clear to Caron that he is more than happy with aiding in the adjustment as well as he can. After all, it wasn’t long ago that he had a go-to guy in the locker room for the same purpose.

“Martin Lapointe was always there [for me] my first year,” Bergeron recalled. “He was always calming me down and helping me make sure I wasn’t getting ahead of myself.”

Bergeron lived with Lapointe and his family in his rookie year. On the ice, he made big strides, contributing 39 points as rookie despite facing the challenges that accompany someone learning English off the ice.

“It was pretty hard, especially that first year. It was different and difficult as well, just for opening bank accounts and all that, social security number, and all that stuff,” Bergeron said. “Things that were different with me are pretty much the same with Jordan. They’re all things you’ve got to go through, but with help it’s pretty easy.”

A difference can definitely be observed in Caron’s English from the summer’s rookie development camp until now. He notes that he’s “getting comfortable with everything,” but that he’s not afraid to be persistent with Bergeron if it means getting a firmer grasp on things.

“I don’t want to be annoying, but he told me not to be scared to ask him anything, and that’s what I do,” Caron said.” If I don’t understand a drill sometimes because the language is different, I’ll go right up to him and ask him.”

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Caron hopeful for ice time vs. Devils 10.13.10 at 1:07 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Rookie winger Jordan Caron practiced with the second line on Wednesday after seeing some movement in and out of lines on the team’s recent European trip. The team departed for Belfast with Caron on the second line with Mark Recchi and Patrice Bergeron, and after an inconsistent scrimmage against the Belfast Giants, he was moved into the third line mix with Daniel Paille, Tyler Seguin, and Michael Ryder.

Caron was a scratch for the season-opener on Saturday agains the Coyotes, but after Paille was among the players whom Claude Julien described as playing “average” in the 5-2 loss, Caron played on Sunday on a revamped second line with Bergeron and Blake Wheeler. He logged a team-low 9:42  of ice time but appeared more confident and comfortable than in the Belfast scrimmage. Caron said on Wednesday that having to watch the first game from the stands motivated him even more to have an impressive showing on Sunday.

“I wanted to play the next game [while watching on Saturday], but there was nothing I could do about it. “… I was happy they put me in the lineup for the second game and [I feel] I had a good game, so we’ll what’s going to happen in the next game.”

Given that there were no extra forwards donning the yellow sweaters that signified second-liners, it’s a good sign for Caron at this point that he stands a good chance to play again on Saturday when the team takes on the Devils in New Jersey.

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Jordan Caron: ‘I have to get over it’ 10.05.10 at 7:38 am ET
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Jordan Caron is dealing with the ups and downs of training camp

Jordan Caron is dealing with the ups and downs of training camp

PRAGUE — Jordan Caron entered the preseason as the savvy hockey fan’s sleeper pick for the Calder trophy, someone whose offensive capabilities could prove more valuable in the coming season for the Bruins than second overall pick Tyler Seguin. At practically each checkpoint, anyone who entered camp high on Caron looked smarter and smarter. The team’s 2009 first-round pick scored a hat trick in the first rookie exhibition at the Garden against the Islanders, and when the team suited up Saturday’s tilt with the Belfast Giants, they did so with Caron as their second-line right wing.

Yet over the course of this European trip, Caron has battled issues that were previously nonexistent, and as a result has been bumped from the second line by third-year man Blake Wheeler. Caron, who is now splitting time with Michael Ryder as the third line right wing, has showed symptoms of fatigue from a long buildup to the season, according to coach Claude Julien. Mark Recchi feels his former linemate is battling confidence issues. Whatever is going on with Caron, he’s not prepared to let it define him as he enters his first professional season.

“It’s been a long camp for me, but I don’t want to take that as an excuse,” said Caron, whose English is still coming along. “I guess it has been a long training camp for me, but I have to get over it and just try to do my best.”

Even without making excuses, Caron could identify that he’s now playing in a far different league and environment than before. He pointed to the exhibition game in Montreal as his wake-up call that he’s become an NHL caliber player, but also stated that the competition is much tougher.

“Everything is faster, everything is stronger. You can tell the guys are much stronger, just in front of the net and in battling for pucks,” Caron said. “You don’t play against 18 or 19-year-old guys, you play against men. I think that’s the biggest difference.

“It’s pretty hard just to play against older guys like this, but I don’t want to make any excuses. I just need to do my best.”

Recchi and Patrice Bergeron, both of whom played with Caron throughout the beginning of the preseason on the second line, grabbed lunch on Monday to discuss Caron and how to help him with whatever jitters he may be showing. The two figured it would be best if Bergeron, who not long ago went through the rookie process and is also from Quebec, sat the youngster down for dinner on Monday as part of the continued mentorship for Caron.

“I’ve talked with Bergy a lot, and he says sometimes you don’t even have to battle,” Caron said. You have to be be smart and postition yourself in the right place and it will be easier.

“Having him speaking French, he really takes care of me in every aspect. Any type of question [I have], I can go right up to him and ask him.”

It isn’t a secret that Recchi, 42, has seen everything in this league, and he’s no stranger to seeing a player fight through a rookie wall. He likens the case of Caron to that of another Jordan in Jordan Staal, who in 2006-07 showed the same things with the Penguins he is currently seeing from Caron.

“I think you’re so intense and you’re so nervous over the course of the whole time, and you can’t sustain it,” Recchi said. “I remember Jordan Staal. He was great, great, great, then he hit a little bit of a wall, and then just before the season he got good again, and then he took off into the season. I remember getting close to the end of camp, he got a little bit tired. It was the same thing [as Caron]. … It happens. It’s a lot. They had rookie camp, so they’ve been going at it for a while, and they may skate a lot earlier than most older guys do.”

Now skating with Seguin, a player with whom he’s gotten pretty close throughout development camp, rookie camp, and training camp, Caron isn’t too concerned with which line he ends up on. For now, he’s sticking to the conservative “if I make the team” mentality made famous by Seguin.

Julien has left the door open for him to “prove” that he belongs on the second line, which Caron admits he would love to play on. Recchi said that the rookie “got” the message that he needed to revert back to the player he was long before being moved off the second line. The veteran is confident that Caron has a long career of him, and that it will kick into high gear once he breaks the habit of overthinking things on the ice.

“I think he got really nervous in Belfast, just because [the season is] getting close,” Recchi said. “…That’s like with anybody. When you start losing your confidence, you start thinking too much and then you don’t reach as quick, nothing comes naturally. It’s a natural thing for a young kid.”

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Lines see tweaking in Prague 10.04.10 at 10:06 am ET
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PRAGUE — The Bruins couldn’t get enough going offensively to make a blip on the radar in the first period and a half against the Belfast Giants, so changes could be in the works as they gear up for NHL competition at the end of the week.

The team may have gotten a bit of a head start, moving Jordan Caron off the second line and placing Blake Wheeler on the other wing with Mark Recchi and Patrice Bergeron. Caron had been moved off the line as the Belfast game went on. On Tuesday, he skated with Tyler Seguin and Michael Ryder’s line, which Daniel Paille had also joined for the practice. Wheeler has now gone from potential third-line center to third-line wing to potential second-line wing.

Claude Julien said after the practice that the team had begun noticing a more tired Caron, which was the reason for the offensive adjustments.

“I think what we took time to realize was that he was at the rookie camp. They had a couple of games, he worked hard that week [before training camp opened]. He hasn’t had as much of a break as the other players. What I’m feeling is that the fatigue is probably showing a little bit, so sometimes you pull a guy back a little bit and let him go back and maybe show us that he can regain that speed that he had earlier on. I just felt like he’s slowed down a little bit, so we want to give him that chance to hopefully regain that. That’s up to him to show us that he can keep up the pace here.

“That’s the only question when you’re talking about Jordan,” he added. “I think he’s strong, he protects the puck well, he takes it to the net. He’s got so many qualities. Right now it’s probably a matter of [whether he can] sustain the tempo of the game at this level and keep his game as consistent as possible. This is what he’s got to prove to us.”

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Bruins rookies wrap up win 09.15.10 at 9:21 pm ET
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BOSTON — The Bruins added two and Islanders one in the third period, and the B’s ended up taking the first of two rookie games at the Garden, 5-2. Though Tyler Seguin picked up second assist of the night on Jordan Caron‘s second goal of a hat-trick performance, the attention was on a different center late in the game and for different reasons.

Joe Colborne took an elbow from Islanders forward Justin Dibenedetto more than halfway through the period and bled pretty heavily immediately after the play. There was a fairly large puddle of Colborne’s blood by the Islanders’ blueline and the center added a trail of it as he skated off the ice. Colborne did not return to the game, nor did Dibenedetto, who was given a five-minute major and game misconduct.

The 16th overall selection in 2008 by the Bruins, Colborne played in six games for the Providence Bruins last season after finishing up his second season at the University of Denver. He is considered one of the Bruins’ top prospects and one of whom Peter Chiarelli spoke highly this week.

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Providence Bruins schedule released 08.25.10 at 4:40 pm ET
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On the same day that the NHL released its television schedule, the AHL released its regular season schedule, meaning anyone with an interest in seeing some of the Bruins top prospects not named Tyler Seguin should get out their calendars.

The team opens up the season at home, where they will take on the Springfield Falcons, the minor league team of the Columbus Blue Jackets (and formerly of the Pheonix Coyotes — thanks to reader “Malt”). The two will square off at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday, October 8. Checking out the farm could be a great way to kick off the season for fans who won’t be in Prague the next day for the big club’s opener.

To see the rest of the schedule, click here.

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