WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The Bruins got some good news on the injury front early Sunday evening as the team announced that defenseman Mark Stuart had been activated from injury reserve and will suit up for Monday's matinee with the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden.
Stuart hasn't played since Dec. 7 because of a broken finger.
To make room on the roster for Stuart, fellow blueliner Matt Bartkowski was sent back to Providence (AHL).
The Bruins got more good news earlier in the day as center Marc Savard and defenseman Steven Kampfer, both banged up in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Penguins, should be ready to go Monday.
Kampfer suffered a broken nose in the first period Saturday and Savard banged his head on the boards after a hard hit by Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland in the third period. Savard having already missed the first 23 games with post-concussion syndrome said after the game he felt “woozy” and expressed concern over another possible concussion, while Kampfer was at the hospital getting his nose worked on.
But both players were on the ice Sunday at practice and should be able to play Monday.
“I had all night to rest and you know I was a little worried if things might act up overnight but everything felt great, just a little bit of a stiff neck,” Savard said. “I didn’t need any tests, there was no concussion. The doctor did the tests after the game and there were no symptoms.”
Savard also had time to watch a replay of the hit.
“I think he was just trying to take the body hard and I was going so fast and looking back to make a play he just got all of my head,” Savard said. “It looks like a solid, clean hit along the boards -- maybe if the ref saw it again, maybe a bit of an elbow -- but I think it was a good hit.”
Kampfer skated through practice sporting a full shield that he will use in games until his nose has healed. The University of Michigan product said he felt like he was back playing college hockey.
“Just trying to get used to the full shield again,” said Kampfer, who was having some issues breathing during and after practice Sunday. “It's my first broken nose and it’s not a fun feeling, I can tell you that much.”
Defenseman Andrew Ference, who missed Saturday's game with an upper-body injury, skated with strength and conditioning coach Johnny Whitesides prior to practice but is doubtful for Monday.