With the injuries that precipitated his call-up from Providence of the AHL all believed to be short-term, Jamie Tardif’s stay with the Bruins will most likely be brief.

But if that is indeed the case, he can say he got to play in two of the most hockey-mad cities in the world. The 28-year-old made his long awaited debut Saturday in Toronto against his hometown Maple Leafs and last night his second game was against the Montreal Canadiens in the Bell Centre.

“Yeah, I’m getting all the big ones over with first I guess,” said Tardif, who is not about to concede anything about the length of his stay.

Tardif, who leads Providence in goals with 21, was eager to make more of an impression last night. He was hoping the first-game jitters were left behind in Toronto.

“I think it was as expected. It was a long wait and playing in Toronto, I’m not going to lie, I was anxious and nervous and whatnot,” said Tardif. “I had just over five minutes of ice time (5:03) and I felt more comfortable. I would have liked to have settled down a little bit and do some of the things that got me here. But for a first game, I was quite pleased and I’m looking forward to (last night).”

He didn’t exactly get to savor his first NHL shift. Before he broke a sweat, linemate Lane MacDermid dropped the gloves with Mark Fraser.

“Yeah, I think my first shift lasted six seconds,” Tardif said, “but, hey, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. It was a good fight.”

It is hard not to root for a guy like Tardif. Undrafted, he began his pro career with Toledo of the East Coast Hockey League. After a year in the ECHL, he worked his way up to the AHL, where he’s spent seven-plus years, mostly with Grand Rapids. In this his second year in Providence, he finally got the call to the NHL.