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. “