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Jack Studnicka makes NHL debut against Canadiens

"Listen, you are an offensive guy, you want to get your first NHL point," said coach Bruce Cassidy. "So, that’s out of the way.’’

Jack Studnicka was Providence’s top point producer (9-9—18) prior to being called up. –FILE/MADDIE MEYER/Getty Images

MONTREAL — Jack Studnicka went full-immersion here Tuesday night, dropped into the Bruins’ lineup for his NHL debut, Boston’s quick fix with Patrice Bergeron again requiring time off to rest a nagging groin/core injury.

Studnicka, 20, lined up at center, his natural position, on a trio with Jake DeBrusk (LW) and Charlie Coyle (RW) in the Bruins’ 8-1 win over the Canadiens. He picked up his first career point at 17:58 of the third, dishing out from the goal line for Danton Heinen to provide the 8-1 dagger. Studnicka finished with 18 shifts, a respectable 14:30 in ice time, and won an impressive 8 of 12 faceoffs on a night when the Bruins broke even at the dot.

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“I think as the game went on I got more comfortable,’’ he said. “I don’t think my polish was where I wanted it to be, or expected it to be. The boys made it easy on me, scored a couple of early goals and we just kept going from there.’’