Even though B’s rookie winger Jordan Caron
is relieved to have already gotten his first career NHL goal out of the way, the Sayabec, Quebec native doesn’t plan on hitting the brakes any time soon.
“I don’t think it’s going to change much. I need to keep playing hard,” Caron said. “I want to score more than one, I mean, we want to keep going, have good games, have good chances again. We want to keep going that way.”
But of course, his first was one to remember, as Caron slammed a Johnny Boychuk
rebound past Devils’ goalie and future Hall of Famer, Martin Brodeur.
“It was great. I couldn’t sleep much that night, but yeah, it was a great feeling, and like I said I didn’t sleep much the past couple days.”
Who can blame the B’s youngster? Caron, Boston’s first pick of the 2009 entry draft, sent the vulcanized rubber blazing past a goalie he idolized growing up in Canada.
“It’s a dream come true,” Caron said of scoring on Brodeur. “He’s a great goalie, maybe one of the best ever, and he’s from Montreal.
“We’re both French. I remember watching him win the Stanley Cup a couple years ago when I was 12 or 13 years old, and now I get to score my first goal against him. It’s a great feeling.”
So did he ever consider asking Brodeur to sign his goal-scoring puck?
“Maybe, we’ll see. I don’t really think he’d be happy, maybe in the future,” Caron joked after practice on Monday.
Finding success and comfort skating alongside Patrice Bergeron
and Blake Wheeler, the musculart, 6-foot-3, 204-pound forward has yet to develop any fears after just two games as a pro.
“Not yet, but for sure. Only two games, I haven’t seen much," said Caron. "I'm pretty sure I’m going to see tougher guys and tougher D-men, so I want to play my game and hopefully keep going that way.”
Heading into a busy, three-game week after some much needed rest, Caron hopes to continue playing and finding success with his physical, in-the-crease style of play.
“That’s what I’m good at, in front of the net, and screening the goalie, and tipping pucks. That’s what I do.” ---Ashley Robbins