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. “