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BOSTON — Bruins forward Justin Florek found himself in a familiar position on Sunday afternoon at TD Garden. The young winger was given a golden opportunity and he made the most of that chance. It’s not the first time he’s done so. Florek wasn’t really expected to be part of the Bruins’ playoff run, but with some injuries on the big club, the 23-year-old was recalled from Providence just before the playoffs started. He now has two NHL playoff games to his credit, and he scored his first career postseason goal in the Bruins’ 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 2 of their first-round series. He hasn’t failed to take advantage of the opportunity through these two games, and he certainly took advantage of a fortuitous chance on Sunday. With the Bruins still looking for their first goal of the series, Florek saw an opportunity. The puck was rolling down the ice, and if Florek hustled, he’d get a breakaway. Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard sense that, too. Howard came out of his crease and played the puck before Florek could get to it. However, Florek’s attempt to get the puck out of harm’s way failed. He put it off of defenseman Brendan Smith, which is where the puck bounced off of Smith and right to Florek. He quickly shoveled it into the empty net and gave the Bruins their first goal. “Yeah, it was a good present there,” Florek said. “It was good to get the team going, I think that was the biggest thing, get some momentum in the building. So that was a big start for us.” The goal sparked the Bruins. Florek’s goal led to more sustained attacking pressure in the Detroit zone, which yielded two power plays shortly thereafter. Just three minutes after Florek’s goal, Reilly Smith added a power-play goal to give Boston a two-goal lead just halfway through the opening period.  “I think it was great for him,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “It was also great for the team, I think, to give us that early lead and really get that confidence going, that energy that we were looking for. That was a big goal for us, so it was great to see him stay on it and react well and quick enough so that it ended up being a good goal for us.” Florek, a Michigan native, is being rewarded for his solid play. He’s been inserted into the lineup on the third line where he’s skating in place of the injured Chris Kelly. Florek saw 13:08 of ice time in Game 1 and 10:18 in Game 2. On Sunday, Florek earned enough of Julien’s trust to get 2:12 of shorthanded time. He played a big role in helping the Bruins kill off all four Detroit power plays. Florek has gained a lot of valuable experience this season. He was recalled earlier in the season and played three games with the Bruins and became one of eight Bruins that made their NHL debut this season. Assuming Florek continues to take advantage of opportunity like he did Sunday and this season, he could be a fixture as part of that young core in the very near future.Filed under: Boston Bruins, Mike Cole, Top Stories
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