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Pascal Reaches the Next Tier

Thursday, 01.17.2008 / 12:41 PM ET / Features
By Angela Stefano  - BostonBruins.com
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Pascal Reaches the Next Tier
Pascal Pelletier hopes to fulfill expectations tonight, when the newly recalled left winger is expected to play his debut game with the Boston Bruins.

“The guys that have come up (from the Providence Bruins) have done a great job,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien after an optional practice this morning, no doubt referencing Messrs Krejci, Sobotka, Nokelainen, Lashoff, Hunwick and Rask.

Pelletier is the seventh player to be recalled from the Providence Bruins this season to give the Bruins a boost, and Julien hopes he’ll continue the tradition of bringing a strong game.

“Those guys…kept playing their game, and that’s what we expect from those guys; that’s what keeps helping us win hockey games, when guys can step in and do a job and not feel intimidated,” Coach Julien added.

Practicing with his Boston teammates this morning, Pelletier said he felt “kind of tight on the puck…a little bit nervous…. Hopefully, I’ll be able to loosen up a little bit for tonight because you don’t want to play nervous all day.”

The new Bruin shouldn’t feel too out-of-place, as he was surrounded by friends and former teammates in the locker room.

He, David Krejci and Vladimir Sobotka were on a line together for the Providence Bruins earlier this year, and Pelletier felt that they had “good chemistry” on the ice.

And, although number 37 remains absent, Patrice Bergeron and he work out and play in a league together over the summer.

“We skate a couple of times a week,” Pelletier said.

But tonight, he will face NHL competition for the first time in the regular season.

“I’m just really happy to be here…. It’s just a great day, good day for me, and I hope I’ll be able to help the team,” Pelletier said.

Coach Julien had only kind words about Pelletier.

“He’s a guy that I know in training camp had a lot of grit and a lot of jam to his game,” said Julien, making note of how Pelletier led the Providence Bruins in scoring and was fourth overall in the AHL.

“When we call guys up, we don’t ask them to change their game,” Julien said.  “We just ask them to bring their game with them and to play with the same confidence that they have down there.”

So what kind of game does Pelletier want to bring, then?

“It’s going to be a skating game, a hitting game…shooting the puck, trying to play on both ends of the ice…just working hard.”

It sounds as if Pascal will fit right in.

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