BUFFALO Jordan Caron didnt want to see it happen that way, but the 21-year-old Bruins winger had to look at Zach Hamills trip to Providence as a vote of confidence for him.
Caron had one of his better games this season when he jumped onto the third line with Benoit Pouliot and David Krejci on Sunday against the Washington Capitals, and will be in the lineup until Nathan Horton returns from a concussion. Caron was kept off the board against the Caps, but the former first round pick had a couple of quality chances close to the net in an encouraging performance.
Caron was strong on the puck, he was good along the walls and he used his 6-foot-3, 204-pound frame to good use in his sixth promotion from the AHL back to Bostons hockey club. Bruins coach Claude Julien has always had a fondness for Carons game, and thats only augmented by his performance on the ice.
With guys like Pouliot and Krejci it makes it even easier. Krejci is always looking for the pass and taking the shot when he has to. Its really easy to play with him, said Caron. Theyre players that see the ice so well. Its the same thing. I just want to play hard, play my game and keep things simple. If I do that then Ill be fine.Just getting some playing time down in Providence helped. I played in a lot of games down there. It was good.
If Caron can maintain that level of play hell serve the Bruins well as the break glass during emergency forward on the Bs roster, but thats the rub with every young forward play with an established group. Its difficult to maintain a high level of play with intermittent playing time, and thats something Hamill had trouble with at the end of his stint.
I thought he skated more with the puck and he obviously had a couple of good point blank chances, so he was getting more involved, said Claude Julien. Thats what we asked him to do when he went down to Providence. Hes kind of found that part of his game. With these guys that have come up now its about maintaining it. I liked his first game and hopefully he follows up on that.
With Horton still waiting for clearance to get back onto the practice ice with his teammates while battling back from a concussion, Caron will be looked upon to make an impact during yet another go-round with the Bs this season.
PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.
Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.
Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).
The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.
That got the offense rolling.
Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.
After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.
Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.
While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.
Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.
Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.
The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.
Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.
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