It's going to be déjà-vu for defenseman Matt Bartkowski on Saturday when he faces the Pittsburgh Penguins for the third time in as many games in his young NHL career.
Bartkowski, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., was called up from Providence on Friday afternoon after his former roommate and current Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer suffered a concussion in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, putting him out for at least a week.
The newest call-up sat down with Adam Kaufman before he left town and said that his experience against the Penguins will give him an extra advantage in Saturday’s game.
"It's comforting, eases the nerves," he said. "It settles me down a little more because I know their lines, know their players. I know what to expect."
Bartkowski said he hoped he would move up to the Boston Bruins after Kampfer called him to say he was hurt. This time, Bartkowski hopes to stay with the big team for more than just one game, but he isn't looking into the future too much.
"I'm focused on my first shift to try and get in and settle down," he said. "Rush the puck, get a shot, get a hit, something to get in the game early."
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