B's Warsofsky makes home debut

BOSTON -- Two days after making his NHL debut in the first leg of the Bruins' home-and-home series with the Buffalo Sabres, defenseman David Warsofsky made his homecoming debut at TD Garden on Saturday night.

Warsofsky, a 23-year-old native of Marshfield, Mass., has been in Providence (AHL) for each of the last three seasons, after coming over in a trade from St. Louis -- in exchange for Vladimir Sobotka -- in 2010.

In front of family and friends, Warsofsky was on the ice with the power-play unit as the Bruins claimed a 1-0 lead in the first period of a 4-1 win.

"[It was] just the usual, my brothers and my parents and my girlfriend," Warsofsky said of his contingent on hand. "You have to keep it simple nowadays with everybody that wants to come, so I kind of toned it down a bit."

Warsofsky was a product of Cushing Academy and the United States national team development program before going on to star at Boston University.

A puck-moving defenseman, Warsofsky was happy to step into a familiar role with the big club.

"I've obviously been playing on the power play down in Providence and that's kind of the role I want to come into, so I felt comfortable out there," he said. "[Ryan] Spooner made a nice play down low to [Reilly Smith], so it was nice to get a goal."