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Begin, Bitz and Sturm all out against Sens

The short-handed Bruins will be without forwards Steve Begin, Byron Bitz and Marco Sturm [1] for their matinee clash with the Ottawa Senators [2] at TD Garden. Both are out with undisclosed injuries.

The team, already without Marc Savard [3] and Andrew Ference [4], could get a boost with the return of center Patrice Bergeron [5] and defenseman Dennis Wideman [6].

Bergeron has been out for six games with a broken thumb while Wideman returns after an undisclosed injury.

“I think the doctors had a chat with him and he wants to give it a try,” head coach Claude Julien [7] said pregame of Bergeron’s desire to return Monday. “He’s been practicing now for a week.”

As for Bitz, Julien was a little more cryptic.

“Actually, it’s something new,” the coach said. “We’re a little banged up, but we’re grinding through and again, don’t make excuses.”