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Bartkowski in as Boychuk Stays in Boston, Johnson in Goal

Saturday, 11.2.2013 / 4:03 PM ET
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog
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UNIONDALE, NY - The Bruins are set to face the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night, looking to improve to 9-4-0 on the season against an Isles team that comes in at 5-5-3.

When the puck drops, the B's will be without Johnny Boychuk on defense.

"Last minute decision on him not bringing him. He was better suited to stay back home and get some treatment there," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien told reporters following the team's pregame skate.

Boychuk is still day-to-day after crashing into the boards early in the second period against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday and could play on Tuesday.

In the meantime, though, and against the Islanders, Matt Bartkowski will get into the lineup, having been a healthy scratch for the past eight games.

"He’s worked hard. He’s a guy – he’s been patient – and I think we all know that probably on any other team he’d be playing on a regular basis and then could basically be a top four," said Julien.

"So we’re deep I think on the back end and we also have some young guys so he’s been an in-and-out guy. But his work ethic has been extremely good and to me, I’m not worried about him. He might have a little bit of rust but he’s certainly not going to be a bad player for us tonight."

"You hope he gets a good game and builds on that confidence and we’re going to need all those guys along the way. So he’s been really good and patient in a way but hard working through the tough times."

Bartkowski knows, of course, that's it's an unfortunate situation that Boychuk had to be injured for him to get into game action, but the inevitable injury would have come at some point this season.

"Yeah of course, I’ve been waiting for I don’t know how many games now; seven or eight, itching to get back in so unfortunately it was on an injury, but sometimes those things happen and I’m ready to go," said Bartkowski.

He's been in this situation before, whether during the postseason, as he was called upon when injuries struck the back end, or at certain points throughout this four seasons with the Black & Gold.

"Just working hard in practice and skating after with the coaches and biking on game days so just trying to keep my conditioning up," he added, on staying ready.

It hasn't been easy, though, to not get into game action as consistently as he'd like this season.

"A little adversity like I’m going through maybe; I don’t see any reason to change my personality or be a downer, it’s just going to be detrimental to the room so I don’t really change the way I am just because I’m not playing."

"Some guys get the luxury of maybe not going through that as much as he has but at the same time I think we see a lot of potential," said Julien, on the process to Bartkowski becoming a full-timer in the NHL.

"We like him a lot and I think he knows that, I think he senses that. And it’s just a matter of time here like anything else when a player is deemed really good and should be in the lineup, you make room for him. He’s young and we know that he still has some things to learn; he’s got the opportunity to do that while waiting to play."

"So where he improves on his game when he gets back in the lineup, you hope that that stuff has helped him along the way."

The keys to being sharp, after sitting for a few weeks?

"Just going to stay simple, move my feet, and try to play physical. That’s all I’m thinking."

Chad Johnson to Get Second Start

With Chad Johnson off the ice first at morning skate, he's expected to get his second start as a Bruin tonight. He got the W in the 5-2 win over Buffalo on October 23, making 14 saves in the process.

"Just use the one game there to sort of build off; the flow of the game and just the routine of getting ready in a start," said Johnson on his approach.

And like Bartkowski, he's going to rely on one mindset.

"For myself, it’s just keep it simple."

O.R.G. Packaging




1 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
2 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
3 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
4 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
5 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
6 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
7 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
8 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69


P. Bergeron 80 32 36 12 68
L. Eriksson 82 30 33 13 63
D. Krejci 72 17 46 4 63
B. Marchand 77 37 24 21 61
R. Spooner 80 13 36 -9 49
T. Krug 81 4 40 9 44
M. Beleskey 80 15 22 6 37
Z. Chara 80 9 28 12 37
J. Hayes 75 13 16 -12 29
D. Pastrnak 51 15 11 3 26
T. Rask 31 22 8 .915 2.56
J. Gustavsson 11 9 1 .908 2.72
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