Bruins forward Tyler Seguin
hollered his teammate’s name when asked about No. 38’s performance – giving him the necessary big-time introduction he deserved for his superb performance against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Caron scored two goals and recorded an assist in the Air Canada Centre, as the Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 5-4, snapping a two-game skid.
“Anything you can do to get a win like that and you get some results,” Caron said. “Sometimes you play well, but the puck doesn’t go in and right now it’s going in. I think Kells [Kelly] and Benny [Pouliot] have been pretty good, and it’s always fun getting those goals.”
After the Maple Leafs (30-29-7) scored just three minutes into the game, Caron answered back with a goal of his own
to kill Toronto’s momentum.
“Yeah I think [their goal was] a bit of a wake up call,” Caron said. “Both teams started pretty good, and they got the first one and we bounced back right away. I think we did a good job of coming back.”
After the teams traded goals at the start of the second period, Caron got on the score sheet again – this time with an assist to Chris Kelly
to help his team to a 3-2 lead.
The 21-year old forward crashed the net hard
, and Kelly was there to clean up the rebound for the score.
But once again, the Maple Leafs struck back and Phil Kessel evened the game at 3-3 – however Caron didn’t let the lead last for long.
Four minutes later, Caron was wide open in front of the net and Zdeno Chara
sent him a cross-ice pass that he hammered home
to put the Bruins up 4-3.
The goal was Caron’s sixth of the season, and his third in the last two games. Since scoring against the New York Rangers Saturday, Caron said his confidence is fueling his game.
“I think when it goes in once, it gives you that confidence boost and pushes you to keep going,” Caron said. “And you feel like you get more time always when you get the puck and that’s important – you slow down a bit and see the play better and see how it’s going.”
As he said on Sunday, Caron added that playing with his usual linemates Pouliot and Kelly helped, too.
“The more you play your regular shift, I think that’s something that’s really big,” Caron said. “It gets your legs going and it’s easier that way.”
Seguin was impressed with his roommate’s efforts, and said he has enjoyed watching Caron break out over the past two games.
“It’s amazing to watch,” Seguin said. “Seeing how well he’s played the past two games, he’s had four points in the last two games. The way his confidence level has risen and how much experience he’s gained – it’s nice to watch.”
Seguin’s night was impressive to watch, too.
After Caron’s second goal, Seguin scored his second
tally of the night three minutes later to give his team a two-goal cushion, which proved necessary as the Maple Leafs scored a late goal in the third period.
“I look at my goals and I didn’t too much,” Seguin said. “Sometimes just the right spot at the right time and it’s nice to walk away with the two points.”
With all the injuries the Bruins (39-23-3) are dealing with right now, it was big to have Seguin and Caron contribute in the victory.
As the young guys, it’s expected that they bring the energy every night – and that’s a role Seguin embraces.
“Everyone knows [Caron and I are] the young guys and have to be bringing our legs every night,” Seguin said. “I just think to stay consistent and really at the end of the year, we need all guys stepping up. We want to get our identity going into the playoffs – knock on wood get a little hot here.”--- Anthony Gulizia