B's Justin Florek solid in NHL debut

January, 4, 2014
Jan 4
BOSTON -- Prospect Justin Florek on Saturday became the sixth player to make his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins this season, joining Craig Cunningham, Kevan Miller, Niklas Svedberg, Zach Trotman and David Warsofsky.

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Brian Babineau/NHLI/Getty ImagesJustin Florek's solid debut Saturday could lead to another opportunity with Boston.
The Bruins recalled Florek from Providence of the AHL prior to Saturday's 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets at TD Garden after Boston forward Jordan Caron arrived at the rink in the morning with a stiff back, according to coach Claude Julien.

Florek, a 23-year-old forward, played well in his debut and finished with 10:14 of ice time. After the game, Julien explained that Florek is scheduled to return to Providence and play for the P-Bruins on Sunday, but there's still a possibility he could join the Bruins on their upcoming three-game road trip to the West Coast.

"He played well," Julien said. "He's a good skater and he's got good size. Obviously, on one of [Torey] Krug's goals it was [Florek] doing a great job in front of the goaltender. He had a really good game for us, no doubt."

With Florek in the lineup, it forced Julien to move Daniel Paille to the right side, which is his off wing.

"You have to give credit to Dan Paille, who I thought looked really good on the right side," Julien said. "That was a reason that line was good because he was able to make that transition to the other side and he had a great game, too."

After the game, Florek spoke about his NHL debut.

"It felt great," he said. "I got the call this morning, [assistant general manager] Don Sweeney woke me up, so it was just the best way I could wake up and drive right up here and play the game. It kind of made it easy for me not to think too much about it and just get out there and play my game."

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com



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