NEWARK, N.J. --
There aren't many players who can admit to scoring their first NHL goal against a future Hall of Fame goaltender.
Unless, of course, you're Boston Bruins
rookie forward Jordan Caron
Caron's first career NHL goal not only came against New Jersey Devils
goalie Martin Brodeur
, but gave his team just the lift it needed on the way to a 4-1 triumph on Saturday at Prudential Center.
"It's a great feeling to get my first NHL goal against Brodeur," the 19-year-old said. "He's a great goalie … maybe one of the best ever so I think it's a bonus to score against him. Being from Montreal, I watched him play and saw him win those Stanley Cups. It's pretty special scoring against him."
For the record, Caron, a native of Sayabec, Que., was only 4 when Brodeur won his first Cup in 1995 and 12 when he'd garner his third in the spring of 2003.
According to coach Claude Julien
, Caron's goal was very typical for his second-line right wing.
"He scored a typical Jordan Caron
goal -- all about overpowering while doing a good job standing in front of the net where he's really good," Julien said. "Some guys have a knack for finding those loose pucks and he's pretty good at it."
With the Devils holding a 1-0 lead in the second, Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk
took a blast from the right point that Caron jammed home from the slot to the delight of his teammates.
"Yeah, everyone was happy for me," Caron recalled. "(Patrice) Bergeron took it out of the net for me. That puck will land somewhere in my future home or something. I have to keep it safe."
The first-round draft pick, selected 25th by the Bruins in 2009, became the second rookie to score for the Bruins in as many games. On Oct. 10 at O2 Arena in Prague, Tyler Seguin
, the second player chosen in last June's draft, scored his first NHL goal in a 3-0 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes
Bruins goalie Tim Thomas
, who has been in net for both Boston victories this season, said the play of both youngsters has been exciting to watch.
"They're playing great, playing beyond their years," he said. "Jordan scored but he's also doing a lot of the little things right. He's got great composure when the puck comes around the boards and he's not fumbling it or giving it away.
"Seguin has talent and I saw him in a one-on-one battle with (Zach) Parise and it's hard to win a one-on-one battle with Zach Parise
," Thomas continued. "But he ended up coming out with the puck so that shows you the level of talent he has."
Caron was a point-per-game player in his four seasons of junior hockey with the Rimouski Océanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The fact he's worked with center Bergeron and left wing Blake Wheeler
has certainly worked to his benefit in just two games with the big club.
"All the lines have been working hard and that's good," Caron said. "It gets everyone in the game and we all had good energy."
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