Last Thursday, Bruins forward Pascal Pelletier took to the Garden ice for the first time as an NHL player.
A week later, the left-winger is still taking everything in.
“Last week was unbelievable,” the new Bruin said after this morning’s practice. “Like I said [last week], it’s just a dream come true….It’s unbelievable right now what’s happening.”
Nerve-wracking may also be a good adjective, especially regarding the B’s last game against the Montreal Canadiens, a team Pelletier followed growing up.
“I was obviously nervous…[I had] a weird feeling before the game,” he said. “After the first period, the more the game went on, the stress went away, and then it was fine.”
Skating against players he cheered on not too long ago was an experience in itself.
“When I looked at [Canadien forward Alexei] Kovalev…it was pretty impressive. He’s obviously an all-star player in the league, and he’s been around for a little while,” Pelletier said.
The former Habs fan tried not to let the game faze him.
“I [couldn’t] think about those things. I just [had] to go out and play my game,” he added.
The away game in Montreal was also a chance for Pelletier’s family to see him play.
“It was just like in junior leagues,” he said with a smile. “Obviously I knew a lot of people who were watching the game on TV, too.”
While the personal cheering section was nice, Pelletier still focused everything on the game.
“I just tried to forget about it and do what I had to do.”
Along with his linemates from the Providence Bruins, David Krejci
and Vladimir Sobotka, Pelletier has kept opponents on their toes, bringing speed and energy to the game.
The “Baby B’s” line hasn’t scored yet, but they know the reward of a first goal is coming soon.
“There’s been no complaints about our game so far,” Pelletier said. “But eventually we’re going to have to score some goals….If we get a goal once in a while, that would make a big difference.
“Eventually we’ll get lucky.”
Bruins head coach Claude Julien knows the boys have been working hard.
“Right now they’re just hoping they’re going to get rewarded, and they’re going to keep working until they get rewarded,” he said this morning. “That’s the attitude those guys have.
“They’ve had their opportunities, so maybe tonight’s a breakthrough night for them.”
Pelletier, too, has high hopes for the game.
“Hopefully we’ll turn the switch on, play well, and score some goals.”