BOSTON — The first marks have been in made in the Bruins 2010 season record book, and you might be surprised as to who stole the headlines in the first rookie game between the Bruins and Islanders.
In the Bruins 5-2 victory Wednesday night, it was forward Jordan Caron’s name that graced every fan’s tongues leaving TD Garden, instead of the usual chatter about the NHL 2010 second overall draft pick Tyler Seguin.
Caron gave all 11,575 Boston faithful their money’s worth of hockey by producing three goals for the Bruins while taking only four shots on the night.
As the hats came pouring from the stands with less than 40 seconds left to go on the game clock, Caron took in his surroundings, despite it being simply a rookie game before preseason.
“I think everybody dreams and wishes it would happen to him,” Caron said about his four-point night after tacking on an earlier assist. “It was a dream come true even if it was just a rookie game, it’s an unbelievable feeling.”
Caron is one among many highly touted prospects for the Bruins and showed that on the ice. His three goals came during the last two periods and each was unique from the other. His first goal came just over a minute into the second period when he deflected a shot in front of the crease taken by Matt Delahey from the blue line. His second was on the power play after Seguin dumped him a pass back door to catch Islander goaltender Mikko Koskinen sliding to his right, and third was an easy empty netter at the end of the game.
“He went out there had a couple nice goals,” Seguin said about Caron’s performance. “He was going to the right places at the right times, and that’s what you need to do to be a good hockey player and it worked out for his night.”
As for Seguin, he ended with two assists, and a game under his belt. With the Bruins facing off again tomorrow night, the No. 2 overall pick is confident in where he is and where he has to be.
“I feel like assists are better than goals and I had two helpers tonight so I am fine with that,” Seguin said. “A few little tweaks in my own end, and I want to make some adjustments too and come out tomorrow.”
Besides scoring five goals in their first game together, the Bruins were also able to make a name for themselves and attempt to justify themselves on the ice. With four different fights on the ice throughout the game–the first credited to Boston’s Antoine Roussel and New York’s Travis Hamonic early in the second period–each team tried to prove themselves as well as form team unity with their fellow teammates.
“You’re going to see that, at least the need for response in these types of games,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said. “People are trying to prove themselves and we’ve got 4 or 5 players who stood up for other players and you want that in a team. And we kind of putt his roster together to have some of that and that’s a characteristic that you look for.”
“We definitely all bonded,” Seguin said. “And I think you see it a lot when people were being hit and everyone was sticking up for one another and dropping their gloves if they needed to so it was nice to see.”
Other goal scorers for the Bruins included Max Sauve and Lane MacDermid, and the Islanders were led by Nino Niederreiter and Robin Figren.
Bruins forward and 2008 first round pick Joe Colborne left the game with 9:53 remaining in the third period with a broken nose due to an alleged elbowing call. However, Chiarelli spoke after and said while he hadn’t seen the replay at all, he was told it was a stick that caught Colborne’s nose. Colborne received stitches and was taken to the hospital and isn’t expected to play in tomorrow night’s game.