Dan Vladar made his NHL debut for the Boston Bruins when the goalie replaced Jaroslav Halak in the second period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Wednesday.
Halak was pulled 11:18 into the second period after allowing four goals. Boston was trailing 4-1 when Vladar entered and lost 7-1 to fall behind in the best-of-7 series.
He is the first Bruins goalie to make his NHL debut in a Stanley Cup Playoff game, the first in the NHL since Jake Allen for the St. Louis Blues in the 2012 Western Conference Semifinals, and the 11th in history.
Vladar made 12 saves facing 15 shots, allowing goals to Brayden Point at 15:23 and to Alex Killorn at 18:01 of the second period, and to Nikita Kucherov at 3:58 of the third period.
Vladar was a third-round pick (No. 75) in the 2015 NHL Draft. He played the past two full seasons for Providence of the American Hockey League.
The 23-year-old is the backup goalie because usual starter Tuukka Rask opted out of continuing to play on Aug. 15.
Tampa Bay won Game 2 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday, ending Halak’s five-game winning streak.
Game 4 is in Toronto, the Eastern hub city, on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; USA, CBC, SN, TVAS).