Bergeron assists Caron;Veteran helps B’s rookie adjust to NHL life

NEWARK, N.J. – Rookie winger Jordan Caron found himself with

more than just an experienced linemate when he was paired with

Patrice Bergeron during the

Bruins’ European adventure.

Caron lined up next to a seasoned pro who could serve as an

invaluable mentor. The pair began the North American portion of the

NHL season on the second line in last night’s game against the New

Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.

In the second period, Caron notched career goal No. 1, beating

future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur to tie the game at 1.

”Everyday being on the same line with him and working on the

simple things like the (English) language, he helps me a lot,”

Caron said. ”He’s been a great team leader and he really helps me

a lot. I think we make a very good pair, and the

Bruins like two-way players. He

works really hard on both sides of the ice where he helps the

defense.”

The commonalities between the two players, both physically and

culturally, were obvious from the onset. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound

Bergeron grew up in Quebec City and was 18 when the

Bruins selected him in the second

round of the 2003 draft. The 6-3, 204-pound Caron grew up in

Sayabec, Quebec, and was 19 when the B’s made him the 25th player

taken in the 2009 draft.

Bergeron recognizes the background similarities. The center

contends that Caron is further along in the process than he was

going into the third NHL game of his rookie season.

”I think he has improved a lot throughout the whole camp where

he got his confidence, and he’s a great guy,” Bergeron said.

”He’s very down to earth and very mature for his age. He’s

handling himself really well and doing a great job. He’s a lot

better at English than I was back then, so it’s pretty good that

he’s handling himself real well on and off the ice.

”I’m there to help him with a couple of things, but he’s been

doing pretty good on his own.”

Blake Wheeler and Caron were matched with Bergeron after the

Bruins broke training camp and took

off for Europe.

”He’s there all the time now, so it’s nice to have him

around,” Bergeron said. ”He doesn’t try to do too much and he’s

always dead on, and it is good to hear from a guy like that.”

The Bergeron line didn’t produce a point in the B’s split with

the Phoenix Coyotes last weekend in Prague, Czech Republic. But the

linemates combined for 14 shots on goal, and Julien felt confident

the Bergeron-led trio would produce following the team’s final

practice session for last night’s game.

”They are big, strong guys,” Julien said. ”When you have a

line like that it wears the other team down as the game goes on.

Both Wheeler and Jordan are very good on the boards. What can you

say about Bergy? He’ll dog the puck until he gets it every

time.”