For a man who throws compliments around like manhole covers, after the Black & Gold's 4-1 victory on Thursday night, Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien gave a pretty strong indication of his assessment of Jordan Caron
|Boston Bruins' Jordan Caron (38) reacts after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Boston, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) |
"I think the guy that I can’t say enough of is Jordan Caron
," said Julien of the rookie forward. "He had an outstanding game tonight."
Caron scored his second goal of the season when Patrice Bergeron
found him with a pass at 2:22 of the second period.
"It was a great pass by Bergy," said Caron on Thursday of the near-blind backhand pass from his mentor. "I was by myself in the slot so I took a good shot, but I think Bergy made a good pass."
After practice on Friday, Caron was still marveling at Bergeron's play and was remained shocked that the B's veteran pivot had found his tape.
"Oh, yeah. I told him after the game, I asked him if he saw me, he said he saw me before," said Caron. "But it was such a great pass. I didn't expect him to make that good of a pass.
It was a great shot, too. And Caron's calm and confidence has been an obvious boon to the Bruins.
Caron said he wasn't really nervous for the home opener.
"There were a little bit of butterflies though," he said. "I think that is normal.
"Every game, the way you prepare, you want to be like on the edge a little bit and I think that is what happened again [on Thursday]."
The atmosphere in the Garden, coupled with the presence of his parents, just added to the memories.
"I feels great," said Caron, postgame. "I told Bergy on the bench, I think I was more happy tonight than the first one.
"[With] the crowd here, it was a great feeling."
Caron added that his confidence continues to build.
"Yeah for sure," he said. "Every game, every period, I want to take more...time with the puck and make the right decisions.
"I just want to work hard and come in here and try to do your best and learn from the older guys.
"I think that it is good the way it has been, so far."
However, don't expect Caron to rest on any laurels.
"Yeah, I mean, that's part of the game," he said. "You have to forget it right away and think about the next day, and I think that's what I've got to do."