Dougie Hamilton certainly knew how to respond when he climbed back into the Bruins lineup.

At the mercy of the Bruins coaching staff attempting to rotate seven healthy defensemen all capable of playing at a high level the 20-year-old had been scratched in two straight games leading into Thursday night’s game against the Florida Panthers. Claude Julien inserted Hamilton back into a pairing with Zdeno Chara and scratched stay-at-home bruiser Adam McQuaid for the first time this season while paving the way for the young defenseman’s best game of the season.

Hamilton responded with a power play goal in the first period that snapped Boston’s 0-for-12 drought on the man advantage and helped lead the Bruins to the 3-2 win over Tim Thomas and the Florida Panthers.

“I had a lot of excitement and adrenaline being back in the lineup” admitted Hamilton who now has a goal in four games this season. “[The goal] was nice. I wasn’t sure what to do out on the power play with [the first unit] but I told [David Krejci] he made it really easy on me by moving the puck so well.

“I don’t think that puck goes in if [Chara] doesn’t stand in front of the net. When you know he’s there you take any shot that you can. We’ve been talking about getting [shots] up so they have to make a save with their hands. If they can’t see [the shot] then that’s pretty tough. [Chara] basically created that goal.”

The second-year defenseman led the Bruins with five shots on net threw out three registered hits and blocked a shot in the kind of all-around performance Boston will be looking for out of the talented youngster.