Courchaine/By S. Bradley

BOSTON — Adam Courchaine rewarded the Bruins brass for giving him the starting nod in the first rookie game at TD Garden by making 31 saves tonight in a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders’ rookies.

Courchaine looked calm and collected throughout, and made a nifty save on Isles top prospect Nino Niederreiter late in the game to keep New York at bay.

“I thought actually he played really well,” said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli after the game. “He made some big saves at the right time. … He’s actually come a long way conditioning-wise and his approach to the game. You’ve seen it in the testing and you saw it tonight. So he’s headed in the right direction.”

Here’s what Courchaine had to say about his performance:

Courchaine has struck the first blow in the three-way goaltender battle of rookie camp. Michael Hutchinson will get the start and is scheduled to play the full game Thursday night in the second tilt with the Islanders.