Boston, MA --
Boston Bruins rookie forward Jordan Caron
reminded everyone in New England -- and Long Island -- that Wednesday night was his debut at the TD Garden, too.
|Caron (photo by Steve Babineau) |
The B's top draft pick in 2009 scored three goals in the new B's 5-2 win over the New York Islanders rookies and sent the 11,571 fans who attended the pre-preseason match-up between the two rookie squads onto Causeway Street singing his praises.
"Everybody knows how Boston is a sports town," said the 19 year old Caron, who was drafted in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (25th overall). "It was a good crowd out there and it was fun to see that."
For a forward who wants to insert his name into a crowded list of skaters vying for a chance at a spot in Boston this October, a hat trick is just the tonic.
"It was kind of a dream come true," Caron said of the sight of the hats raining down on the Garden ice.
"Even though it was just a rookie game...it was a nice feeling.
"It’s fun to put up points like this in our first game," he continued. "It was a good game, too.
"We had good power plays, good PK’s too. I think it was a good game overall."
Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli agreed with that assessment.
"I thought Caron had a good game, strong, strong on the puck," said the Bruins general manager. "That’s the way he plays.
"He protects the puck well."
Caron, who stands 6-foot-3 and 204-pounds, said that was his plan from the start.
"Yeah, everyone wants to be physical, and show what they can do out there," he said. "That is what I do.
"I go into corners and I like to play down low.
"I try to use my size in front of the net."
Caron definitely made life difficult on the Islanders, but said he felt very comfortable with his new teammates.
"Yeah, for sure," said Caron. "We had a couple of practices before this game, but I think we are going to get used to each other and as we go on it’s going to get better."