BOSTON — So far in his brief NHL career, Bruins rookie Jordan Caron is on a one-game goal-scoring streak against New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur.
The winger beat the future Hall-of-Famer for his first NHL goal Oct. 16 in a Boston win at Newark. Tonight, he’ll try to keep the “streak” alive at TD Garden.
“We’ll see tonight. It’d be nice to score another goal against him. He’s a great goalie,” said Caron after Boston’s morning skate in preparation for the Devils game.
If Caron scores tonight, it’ll mean more that he ended a mini-drought rather than solved one of his boyhood idols for a second time. After scoring three goals in his first seven games, Caron hasn’t recorded a goal in the last six. Over that span, he has just one assist.
However, Caron doesn’t judge his play based solely on production, and he feels he’s contributing plenty in other ways.
“I had a couple good chances [lately]. I scored three goals in seven games, so I knew I wasn’t going to keep that pace. I mean, I wasn’t going to score 50 goals this year,” he said. “But I want to just keep playing hard and keep playing the same way I am right now. The points and goals, it’s not my main preoccupation.”
He’s averaging 13:42 of ice time and is second among forwards on the Bruins with 2:28 of average shorthanded time. If that isn’t a vote of confidence from the coaching staff, I don’t know what is.
Dealing with the rigors of the NHL travel schedule — the Bruins are in the midst of playing six games in eight nights — can be a bigger challenge than trying to score against a Hall-of-Fame goaltender or trying to break up an opposing NHL power play. Caron, who has settled into his new apartment in Patrice Bergeron’s building, thinks he’ll be able to find the right amount of rest time to keep up with the rest of the league for the full 82 games.
“It’s been great. I think, for sure, we’ve had a lot of games lately and for the next stretch we have a lot of games,” said the 20-year-old. “But I think I just need to rest when I have the chance to and hopefully it’ll be fine.”