BOSTON -- Facing a shortage on defense with the loss of Steve Kampfer to a mild concussion, the Bruins have recalled Matt Bartkowski from Providence (American Hockey League) on an emergency basis.
Bartkowski will join the B's for their morning skate Saturday and will be available for their game against the Penguins on Saturday night. The Pittsburgh native had been recalled two other times this season, and both were also for games against the Penguins.
Bartkowski, 22, was acquired from Florida last March along with Dennis Seidenberg. He played in 55 games with the P-Bruins this season and has 5 goals and 16 assists for 21 points, with 38 penalty minutes.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!
*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.
*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.
*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.
*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.
*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.
*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.
Thanks in large part to a big performance by Tuukka Rask, the Bruins were able to squeak out a 2-1 win against the Sabres.
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