Thomas saves Bruins
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Rookie Jordan Caron got a souvenir he'll always cherish, the puck from his first NHL tally. Tim Thomas and the rest of the Boston Bruins also came away with something they wanted -- a solid win over the New Jersey Devils.
B's 4, Devils 1
Caron sparked Boston's four-goal second period, and Thomas made 31 saves in the Bruins' 4-1 victory last night.
Michael Ryder, Shawn Thornton and Milan Lucic also scored for the Bruins, who played their first game since opening the season by splitting two games in the Czech Republic against the Phoenix Coyotes.
"It wasn't like we were looking at beating New Jersey," Thomas said. "We've had trouble with them in the past, but it was more that we wanted to be 2-1. Our goal coming in was to start working our way up the standings. We were hungry for the victory, no matter who it was against."
Dainius Zubrus scored for the Devils, who are winless at home (0-3-1). They are stunningly 1-4-1 overall, a stumbling start under rookie coach John MacLean for a team loaded with high-priced talent -- beginning with $100 million forward Ilya Kovalchuk.
"It's horrible," Kovalchuk said. "We have one win in six games. It's not what we were looking for. Nobody is going to feel bad for us. Every team is going to play their best against us because they know we have a good team. We just have to play together, for each other."
Right now, the Devils are struggling at both ends. They break down too often in their zone, and the forwards are not producing. New Jersey has only five goals in the last four games.
Caron, a 19-year-old player who was a first-round draft pick in 2009, got the Bruins tied 1-1 at 5:38 when he netted the rebound of Johnny Boychuk's point shot.
"It's a thrill," Caron said. "I grew up in Montreal watching Brodeur winning those Stanley Cups. "