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.
“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.’’