– Prior to the Bruins game against the Washington Capitals, forward Jordan Caron
said he wasn’t intimidated by the caliber of the linemates he was playing with, or whom he was playing against.
The Bruins rookie put his no-fear attitude on display during the first period of the Bruins 4-3 loss when he delivered a leveling check on Alexander Ovechkin along the boards between the benches.
“Well, I think Ovechkin came out of his zone and had his head down a little bit, and I had some speed so I just finished my hit on him,” Caron said.
The hit knocked the puck loose, and linemate Brad Marchand
picked it up by the blueline and sent it through Tomas Vokoun’s five-hole to even the game at 2-2.
Marchand’s 23rd goal of the season was officially recorded as unassisted, but it was clear Caron’s play helped set up the score.
“Jordan made a great play to force Ovechkin and make him throw the puck away,” Marchand said. “It kind of bounced of the defenseman’s shin pad in open ice and I went in and tried to make a move, the five-hole opened up and I slid it in.
“Jordy [Caron] is good defensively and he comes back hard and he’s good positionally so he definitely contributes to the line.”
Caron also acknowledged that he is confident in his defensive abilities, and he wanted to focus more on facilitating the offense.
However, he said that he would never shy away from the opportunity to lock down a guy like Ovechkin – who’s arguably the most skilled forward in the game.
“I think it’s a good challenge,” Caron said. “I think to play against top players in the league is always a tough challenge, but it’s the job [my line had.] I had to be ready, find my game and just play.”
The Sayabec, Quebec-native also chipped in an official assist on Johnny Boychuk
’s third period goal to extend his career-best point streak to four games (three goals, four assists).
“Obviously, a bit more playing time – I think that’s huge,” Caron said. “When you feel you have that confidence of everybody, I think it gets you going and you feel more comfortable out there.
“Right now it’s good, but we came up short a little bit today so obviously we’re going to have a tough challenge tomorrow [against Pittsburgh], so we’re going to have to bounce back and be ready to battle.”--- Anthony Gulizia