B's Kevan Miller solid in NHL debut

BOSTON -- With the exception of a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night at TD Garden, the NHL debut for Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller went well.

Called into service due to key injuries to fellow blueliners Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid, Miller was called up from Providence of the AHL and finished with 17:42 of ice time in his first game for the Bruins.

"Kevan Miller played extremely well," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "He's a defensive defenseman who makes good strong plays; he did that tonight. He was strong. I really liked his game. I thought he was a poised player out there for his first real NHL game."

Julien initially had Miller paired with Torey Krug, but early in the first period the coach tweaked his pairings and had Miller playing with Matt Bartkowski.

"I think overall I handled the puck pretty well. I tried to be physical when I could and just do the single plays so I'm happy with it," Miller said of his debut.