PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The countdown begins.

Boston Bruins first-round pick David Pastrnak made his AHL debut for the Providence Bruins on Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. He helped the P-Bruins to a 2-1 overtime win over the St. John’s IceCaps (Winnipeg Jets affiliate) with two assists in his first North American pro game.

Despite being only 18, Pastrnak showed signs of a player who can handle this level, but at other times he revealed his age and inexperience.

“There’s risk/reward there, clearly,” said P-Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. “Overtime kind of sums it up.”

The IceCaps quickly created a 3-on-2 at the start of the extra period and blew right by Pastrnak, who was caught up ice looking.

Fortunately for the P-Bruins, they gained control and in transition moved the puck to Pastrnak in the neutral zone.

On the 2-on-1, Pastrnak attempted to move the puck to linemate Seth Griffith in front of the net, but the puck ricocheted off a defender’s skate and back to Pastrnak. From one knee, he quickly gained control of the puck and saw teammate Joe Morrow crashing the net. Pastrnak dished to Morrow, who notched the game-winning goal only 56 seconds into overtime.

“He’ll have to understand he’s going to have to work to get back in those [3-on-2] situations if he gambles. Then he gets the puck the other way and it ends up in the net with a highlight-reel play,” Cassidy said of Pastrnak.

Similar to the two preseason games he played for the Bruins during training camp, Pastrnak improved as the game progressed.

“It was really exciting for my first game of the season,” he said. “I enjoyed the game and I just tried to play my best. I felt pretty good. I wish I could have played better, but today was OK and I felt pretty …read more