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Like many Massachusetts residents, Jordan Caron reported to work on Saturday with a stiff back. The fourth-line right wing would not be available to play.
The 23-year-old Justin Florek, the team’s fifth-round pick in 2010, was the best candidate to replace Caron on the fourth line. Assistant general manager Don Sweeney called Florek Saturday morning. It was the most effective wakeup call Florek’s ever taken.
“You don’t have too much time to think about it,” Florek said. “It’s actually pretty nice to just hop in my car, drive up here, and get ready to play in the game rather than think about it for a day. So it was pretty good.”