During Saturday’s 3-2 win over Tampa Bay, Jay Pandolfo was on the ice at the Garden for just over nine minutes.

And the former Burlington High star loved every second of it.

It was the 38-year-old’s first time playing at the Garden in black and gold, playing for the team he grew up watching. And for 9:16, he got to live his childhood dream.

“Anytime you get to grow up watching a team and obviously being a big fan of the team and finally get a chance to play for them is really exciting. I’m really happy to be a part of it,” Pandolfo said before last night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. “Growing up here, you take pride in wherever you’re playing, but it’s a little extra playing for your hometown team and that means a lot.”

Pandolfo was inserted into the fourth line against the Lightning for Shawn Thornton, who was a healthy scratch, along with Gregory Campbell and Chris Bourque. Last night, Thornton returned to the lineup and Bourque took a seat along press row.

While playing hockey at Burlington High, Pandolfo was enamored with the Bruins. With Ray Bourque, Cam Neely, Craig Janney and Adam Oates skating at the time, there were too many players he admired to choose a favorite.

“I watched every game on TV,” Padolfo said. “I liked the whole team. There wasn’t just one guy, I’d watch everything. I always respected the way they played.”