It was a bit like a belated birthday party. When defenseman Kevan Miller turned 26 on Nov. 15, he didn’t realize one of his most precious gifts was just around the corner.
The Bruins recalled Miller on an emergency basis for Thursday night’s game at TD Garden, and he made his NHL debut against the St. Louis Blues.
Though the Bruins lost, 3-2, in a shootout, Miller turned in a solid performance. His mother, father, brother, uncle, and girlfriend flew in from his native Los Angeles to be there. Miller said there was a lot of scrambling to make travel arrangements.
“It was pretty quick,’’ said Miller. “My parents didn’t get to catch the red-eye, they caught [a flight] this morning, so it was good.’’ Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.