Rookie Jordan Caron sparked Boston’s four-goal second period with his first NHL tally, and Tim Thomas made 31 saves in the Bruins’ 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.
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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.
Dainius Zubrus scored for the Devils, who are winless at home (0-3-1).
The Devils had an 11-8 shot advantage in the scoreless first period, and both teams had a solid scoring chance. Martin Brodeur had a glove deflection on Boston’s Tyler Seguin shot in the opening minutes. At the other end, Thomas kicked away Jason Arnott’s rebound bid late in the period.
The Devils came close again to start the second, but Thomas made a stellar pad save on Ilya Kovalchuk.
New Jersey broke through with the first goal at 3:45 of the second. Andy Greene took a point shot that Zach Parise tipped into Thomas before Zubrus swatted home the rebound.
The remainder of the period was all Boston.
Caron, a 19-year-old player who was a first-round draft pick in 2009, got the Bruins tied it 1-1 at 5:38 when he netted the rebound of Johnny Boychuk’s point shot.
Ryder put the Bruins ahead 2-1 at 10:44, beating Brodeur with a rising wrist shot from the high slot.
Thornton connected at 16:43 from the bottom of the right circle to put Boston up 3-1, and Lucic closed the scoring at 18:09 of the potent second period.