BOSTON — Originally summoned from Providence (AHL) today to be an extra forward for the Boston Bruins’ upcoming road trip to St. Louis and New Jersey, center Martin St. Pierre now might find himself in the starting line-up when the Bruins visit the Blues Sunday.
An injury to Patrice Bergeron could keep the Bruins alternate captain on the sidelines and open a spot for St. Pierre, who was leading Providence in scoring with 35 points before making the jaunt up I-95. St. Pierre has 21 NHL games under his belt — not to mention the experience he’s gained during numerous NHL training camps — so he shouldn’t be too nervous if he’s called upon to pull on a black and gold sweater for the first time in the regular season.
“Being up and down the last few years with the Blackhawks organization, obviously it was a fresh start getting traded here this past summer. But I had a good camp, I thought, and obviously they have a lot of great players here and everybody’s playing well,” he said after the Bruins’ 4-2 win over Carolina. “But I’d say this is my chance. And as far as being more comfortable, more experienced, the older guys tell you that when you’re trying to get your feet wet, but it’s actually true – I feel confident and I can’t be nervous and just go day by day.”
Bruins head coach Claude Julien had a feeling even during training camp that St. Pierre would come in handy during the regular season.
“I think we knew what we were getting when we traded for him and that was a depth player, a playmaking centerman, and who has got good skill,” he said. “He is highly skilled. We kept him around as long as we could in training camp and gave him a chance to play with us and give him a chance to play in our system. We knew at some point we would be getting another look at him in the regular season.”