Khokhlachev, Caron return to Providence; Pastrnak stays with Boston

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Alexander Khokhlachev and Jordan Caron were sent down to Providence, per the AHL transactions page.

Caron was recalled for Monday’s contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins. While only logging 3:35 of ice time, Caron put up no points and has a -2 rating for the season with the big club. Khokhlachev was recalled last Thursday on an emergency basis and earned the B’s the win against the Blue Jackets with a seventh-round shootout goal. Khokhlachev is also a -2 in three games with the B’s.

David Pastrnak had his NHL debut in last night’s game. His first shift on the ice saw him skate about 15 feet before getting called back to the bench, as head coach Claude Julien wanted to match Sidney Crosby’s line with Patrice Bergeron’s.

Despite the 3-2 overtime loss against the Penguins, Pastrnak had his shining moments. A beautiful, no-look backhand pass would have seen Pastrnak register his first point as a Boston Bruin if Marc-Andre Fleury hadn’t stifled Brad Marchand’s attempt to score.

Pastrnak described his first NHL game as a dream come true.

“It’s hard to talk about it right now. I just tried to do my best,” Pastrnak said. “It was alright. It was first game, I was a little bit nervous. I tried to enjoy it. It’s my dream, which came true. I have to just keep working hard. I want more games like this.”

As of this morning, the Bruins have decided to keep Pastrnak up with the big club. Julien told reporters after last night’s game that he was impressed with what he saw from the 18-year-old Czech native.

“Well, we had to look at him, right? Plus, I thought he had good legs, so I put him on a couple lines here,” Julien said. “And obviously you can see he’s a pretty dynamic player. He had that one shift with Bergy’s line. March and him had a real good shift there in the O-zone. I liked his game. I know he probably didn’t get a ton of ice time, but when he was out there I liked what he did.”

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