Alex Barre-Boulet admitted he didn’t get much sleep Sunday night.
The 23-year-old was told before dinner that he’d be elevated from the Lightning taxi squad and make his NHL debut Monday night against Carolina.
And barring a few butterflies, the Lightning rookie forward didn’t disappoint, making an immediate impact in the 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Lightning coach Jon Cooper shuffled his forward lines, pairing Barre-Boulet on the right side with left wing Alex Killorn and center Yanni Gourde on a revamped third line. He also joined the Lightning’s second power play unit, where he saw practice reps last week.
“I think I played with two great players so they made it a lot easier for me,” Barre-Boulet said. “Obviously I had some butterflies in my stomach during warmups, but I think after the first shift, I was fine and I was just focusing on my game.”
Barre-Boulet played 12:11 of ice time on 18 shifts, including 3:20 of ice time on the power play for Tampa Bay, which was coming off three losses over the past four games entering the night.
The 5-foot-9, 172-pound Barre-Boulet made a quick impact. He showed his passing ability early on. He flicked a pass from behind his own end line high in the air to Killorn in the neutral zone for a first-period breakaway. He also made a nice cross-circle pass in the second period to set up Ondrej Palat for an…