January 9, 2011

Blueliner Bartkowski called up by B's

by Jesse Connolly

Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski. (Getty)

The Bruins announced on Sunday evening that defenseman Matt Bartkowski has been recalled from Providence on emergency basis.

Bartkowski, who made the voyage across the Atlantic for the team's exhibition games in Europe, could potentially make his NHL debut on Monday in Pittsburgh.

The 22-year-old blueliner had four goals and eight assists for a total of 12 points in his first 34 games with the P-Bruins this season.

Defenseman Adam McQuaid had just 4:51 of ice time in the B's 3-2 overtime loss to the Canadiens on Saturday, taking just two shifts after his first-period bout with Travis Moen.

That, coupled with the fact that captain Zdeno Chara has reportedly been under the weather of late, is likely the reason for Bartkowski's first recall of his pro career.

The former Ohio State star was acquired in March of 2009 from the Florida Panthers along with Dennis Seidenberg, a deal in which the Bruins parted with Byron Bitz, Craig Weller and a second-round pick in the 2010 draft.

He was originally selected 190th overall in 2008 by the Panthers.

In four preseason games on North American soil, Bartkowski led the Bruins with four points (all assists) and a plus-3 rating in four contests.