BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — TD Garden roared during the Boston Bruins' game against the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night, especially after Bruins newcomer defenseman Hampus Lindholm earned himself an assist in his first game.
The Bruins jumped to the number three spot in the National Hockey League's ranking after their 3 to 2 win over the Lightning. Lindholm made strides during his Boston debut, passing to left wing Erik Haula, and creating opportunity for right wing David Pasternak to set sail on a one-on-zero breakaway.
Pasternak's goal set the Bruins into a 1 to 1 tie with ten minutes remaining in the second period.
"You always want to get thrown into the fire and this was that kind of game," Lindholm said in a postgame conference, "you play one of the best teams in the league- that's the way I want it. Playing as the home team in front of the home fans. Couldn't have been a better first game for me I think."
Lindholm was partnered up with Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy on his line, with both players having a few shots on goal before the game was through.
"He's one of those guys that anyone can play with, he [McAvoy] is such a good defenseman. Everyone knows it, everyone has seen it, and I hope we can development something here and I can make him a better player, he's obviously going to make me a better player, so I'm excited about that. I'm super excited here," Lindholm said.
The win put the Bruins at 40 wins and 16 losses this season, with the team scheduled to host the New York Islanders back in the Garden on Saturday.
WBZ's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports.