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Bruins Dominate Devils

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
As seen on NESN -- On Saturday night in Newark, New Jersey's Prudential Center, the Boston Bruins began the North American leg of their 2010-11 campaign with a convincing 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils.


The Bruins celebrate a second period goal against the New Jersey Devils
Contributions to the victorious cause came from throughout the lineup.

Rookie forward Jordan Caron, a French Canadian, scored his first-ever NHL goal against fellow Quebecois -- and future Hockey Hall of Famer -- Martin Brodeur.

Veteran Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, 36, continued his stellar play by allowing only one goal on 32 shots for his second win of the season in as many starts.

Meanwhile, B's beat cop Shawn Thornton, who is used to flying cover for the B's skill players, instead protected the B's lead by notching the B's 3rd goal of the evening -- his first tally since October 3rd of 2009.

All three men spoke to NESN's camera's postgame and wore satisfied smiles as they spoke to New England's hockey fans.

"I give my [linemates] credit," said Thornton to Naoko Funayama. "[Brad Marchand] and [Gregory Campbell] did a really good job on the forecheck and the puck came back to Soupy and he just threw it to me.

"I just put it on net and was lucky it went in.

"Good job by them on the forecheck by keeping it simple and playing the system properly and getting the 'dangerous' guy the puck," he said with sincere self deprecation.

Caron simply looked incredulous as he talked about his first NHL tally.

"My first NHL goal and, you know, it's Brodeur," said the 19-year old forward who capitalized on a pass from Johnny Boychuk. "He's a great goalie...one of the best ever.

"It's a good feeling."

Thomas, who said he had switched to all white gear this season because he wanted to look "bigger" was, in fact, huge in net, and made several acrobatic saves that were reminiscent of his 2008-09 Vezina Award-winning campaign.

"It's good to have the lead," said Thomas, who now owns a .984 save percentage and a .50 goals against average. "And my D did a really good job on clearing those rebounds."

Head coach Claude Julien talked about how his clubs effort "got better as the game went on.

"[It was] the typical rust with the week off," he said. "And all of the sudden we seemed to pick it up there in the second as soon as they scored that first goal.

"And we got our first and seemed to gain some confidence.

"It was a good game all around."

Julien must have really thought so; the Bruins are off on Sunday and will return to practice on Monday morning in Wilmington's Ristuccia Memorial Arena.
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