B's send Bartkowski to Providence

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The Boston Bruins have assigned defenseman Matt Bartkowski to Providence of the AHL.

The blueliner will play for the P-Bruins Friday night in Game 1 of the team’s first-round playoff series against the Hershey Bears at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Boston’s practice Friday morning at Ristuccia Arena that he’s been impressed with Bartkowski’s game and it’s likely he’ll be back in Boston for Sunday’s game against the Ottawa Senators.

“We need him to play,” Julien said of Bartkowski’s assignment. “He’s been a real good addition to us, and if we need him, I’d rather have him having played. You may see him back Sunday, we’ll see how everything goes, but he was sent [to Providence] for the purpose of helping him out and to keep playing. We’ve liked his game. He’s been a good player for us.”

Bartkowski has played 11 games for the Bruins this season and has averaged 13:29 of ice time. He also has two assists.