BOSTON, MA – Jordan Caron made the most of his season debut in the Black & Gold on Saturday afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers. The big winger (6-foot-3, 204 pounds) stepped in on the third line and played very well in 13:45 of ice time, registering a nifty assist on Chris Kelly’s first period goal.
The line of Kelly, Caron and Rich Peverley seemed to have a bit more jump in the B’s 3-0 victory at TD Garden, and Caron was happy to be able to contribute in his first game back with the Big Club.
“Yeah, of course it was,” said Caron, when asked if it was nice to contribute on Kelly’s goal. “I wanted to be good on the forecheck and bring some size and go out in front of the net and stuff like this, and I think it’s what I did tonight.”
On Kelly’s second goal of the season, that put the Bruins up 2-0 at 13:28 of the first period, Caron did a great job of getting gritty in the corner and winning the battle for a loose puck.
Caron had just missed corralling a pass from Peverley out in front of the net, before he beat out Flyers’ defenseman Braydon Coburn for the puck in the corner. As Caron skated towards the back of the net, he found a wide-open Kelly breaking to the slot.
Kelly received the pass and fired a shot past Philadelphia goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.
“He called for that shot,” Caron, who had registered 10 goals and five assists in 44 games for Providence, recalled after the win. “[The pass] was in the right spot, and he asked for it and took a pretty good shot five-hole.”
B’s Head Coach Claude Julien complimented Caron’s all-around hard play throughout the game, as well as his battling to set up Kelly’s tally.
“I thought he was good today,” Julien told the media postgame. “He skated well, he was on the puck, he was forechecking. They were pinching pretty hard down 3-0, and I thought he was pretty solid along the wall in our own end.
“On that goal – Kelly’s goal – a lot of credit had to go his way with how he got the puck off the wall, some give-and-go [with Peverley], and found Kells in the slot. I thought major work was done by him.”
Julien also spoke to the fact that having Caron, who uses his size and strength to get to the dirty areas of the ice, on that line adds another dimension to the trio. Though the B’s bench boss was quick to point out that, not only did Caron play well, but so too did Kelly and Peverley.
“I think that’s his strength,” said Julien. “I think it’s his strength to go to those areas, but the way we play the game, if the puck’s on the one side and he happens to be along the wall, somebody else has to go to the front. It’s about sharing all of those duties.
“He just brought an element today – personally, I thought he had a real good game, and so did [Kelly and Peverley]. Let’s not overlook the fact that Caron didn’t make that line all of a sudden be better, all three guys were really good today."
“I thought Pevs was skating well and was good, was stronger with the puck and so was Kells. Probably, that whole line was a better today as a threesome.”
Caron added that to stay up with the Bruins he will have to continue to play that power forward-type game at both ends of the ice.
“Just play my game and being good on the forecheck and create turnovers, being strong in the corners and be good defensively, as well,” Caron explained. “I don’t want to be caught in my D-zone too much. I just want to chip in offensively.”
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