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Caron, MacDermid Bring the Energy

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins – Given the number of injuries the Boston Bruins are dealing with, it was imperative that the younger players step- up and help the top lines with the offensive production.

Furthermore, Head Coach Claude Julien made that clear yesterday when he said he would like to see some "secondary scoring" from the club's third and energy lines.

Forward Jordan Caron answered the call today, as he scored a goal and picked up an assist as the Bruins lost to the Rangers 4-3 at Madison Square Garden.

“We talked about it yesterday – we needed that [secondary scoring] and that gave us a chance to win the hockey game,” Julien said. “Besides some tough goals that went in against us, we could have won that game easily.”

After the Rangers scored two goals just over a minute apart in the first period, Caron helped the Bruins bounce back when he poked the puck loose from Anton Stralman, and then found Benoit Pouliot, who lifted the puck past Henrik Lundqvist.  

Then, just over a minute into the second period, Caron scored to tie the game 2-2.

Caron ended up at center ice after a well-timed line change, just in time to intercept a clearing pass from Dan Girardi.

The 21-year old forward challenged Lundqvist with a slap-shot and squeezed it between the post and the Rangers All-Star goaltender for his fourth goal of the season.

Caron said he was aware Julien called for more secondary scoring, but he said his mindset wasn’t any different going into the game.

“I think every game, even before he said that of course we want to score,” Caron said. “Who doesn’t?

"Every game we’re trying hard for points and creating scoring chances and it’s not always easy. But, I think we did a good job [today] and we’ve been playing pretty good lately, we just got to start winning more and this team will be fine.”

With all the changes to the lineup lately, Caron has played on a few different line combinations. However, he was happy to back with Pouliot, and forward Chris Kelly.

“I think that’s one thing that makes it easier, having your regular shift and staying with the same guys is good,” Caron said. “Kells is a pretty smart center, and Benny is pretty fast and has good hands and good speed, so they’re pretty good players.”

The Bruins also got some help from their youngsters in the form of Lane MacDermid. He didn’t light up the score sheet like Caron, but he immediately made his presence known on the ice.

Just 2:30 into his first NHL game, MacDermid dropped the gloves with Rangers forward and pugilist Mike Rupp, who had 82 career fights coming into the game.

Julien was pleased with MacDermid’s performance in his first game, not just because of the fight, but for his overall contributions.

“[Rupp] started whacking him and slashing him and the kid just stood up for himself,” Julien said. “He did a great job –I thought he handled himself well. First game, I think he did some good things out there. Not only that, but when he played he was not hesitant, making some good decisions, good line changes – things that are every important in this league. He handled himself well for his first game.”

MacDermid admitted he was nervous at the start of the game, but after the fight he settled in.

“You know a little nervous the first two shifts, but that could be normal. I tried to keep it simple, finish my checks and play hard,” MacDermid said. “Sometimes it’s in the back of my head if I should [fight] or shouldn’t, but I kind of got it out of the way and think about playing the same game after that.”

--- Anthony Gulizia
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