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Matt Bartkowski on M&M: ‘It’s not my call’ who suits up for Bruins 05.28.13 at 2:16 pm ET
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Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski checked in with Mut & Merloni on Tuesday afternoon to chat about the upcoming Eastern Conference finals against the Penguins.

Bartkowski and fellow call-up Torey Krug have played well since joining the team in the postseason following injuries to veteran blueliners. With Andrew Ference and Wade Redden back skating with the team, coach Claude Julien might soon have to make a roster decision.

“I don’t really think about it too much,” Bartkowski said. “I’m just trying to keep playing and assuming that I am going to play in the games. It’s not my call once it comes down it, who plays. All I can really do is put my best foot forward and see what happens.”

Bartkowski said the fact that he started the postseason playing in the AHL rather than sitting in Boston has played to his advantage.

“I think it was key that I went back down to play in Providence,” he said. “I think if I was just sitting up here and riding the bike, I don’t think I could have played the way I have. We were playing playoff hockey in Providence. It’s not the same level or speed or anything like that, but all in all, it’s still playoff hockey and you’ve got to bring the same intensity. That made a world of difference in being able to prepare for the role I’ve assumed up here.”

A Pittsburgh native who grew up a fan of the Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr-led Penguins of the 1990s, Bartkowski knows the Bruins will have their hands full with this edition of the Pens.

“Pittsburgh, you don’t want to call them an All-Star team, but they’ve got a lot of high-end talent,” he said. “I guess they’re more of a risk-reward team [than the Rangers]. I think it will be a pretty good matchup. We’re pretty defensively sound and we’re a strong team. It will be a fun series to play in.”

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All present as Bruins prepare for Penguins at 11:15 am ET
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WILMINGTON — For the first time in four days, the Bruins practiced on Tuesday. For the first time in weeks, all players were on the ice.

Andrew Ference and Wade Redden joined the rest of Boston’s defensemen in the practice as the B’s practiced for the first time in anticipation of the start of the Eastern Conference finals against the Penguins this weekend.

The lines, color-coded by jerseys, are the same for the B’s as they were against the Rangers, meaning Jaromir Jagr is skating with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand while Tyler Seguin is on the third line.

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Andrew Ference back to skating 05.27.13 at 11:34 am ET
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The Bruins were off on Monday, but injured defenseman Andrew Ference took the ice and worked with strength coach John Whitesides at TD Garden. Coach Claude Julien said afterwards that Ference has been skating for the last day or two.

Once Ference is able to return, the Bruins will likely have to choose between reinserting the veteran into the lineup or leaving Matt Bartkowski in. Both Bartkowski and Torey Krug have become contributors since entering the lineup due to injuries on the blueline, with Torey Krug all but guaranteeing himself a spot going forward four goals in five games thus far.

“A lot goes into it,” Julien said. “At one point you make a decision, and that doesn’€™t mean that it’€™s an easy one, because it’€™s not. But we’€™ll deal with it when the time comes, we did it with [Dennis] Seidenberg. If Ference becomes available, we’€™ll have to deal with that, too.”

Other players to hit the ice Monday for the B’s were Jay Pandolfo and Jaromir Jagr.

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Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, Wade Redden out for Game 2 05.19.13 at 2:07 pm ET
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Both Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden skated on Sunday, but both are out of the lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Rangers, Bruins coach Claude Julien said prior to the game.

Andrew Ference will also miss the game and has yet to skate since missing Game 6 against the Maple Leafs. With the trio of injured defensemen out, rookies Matt Bartkowski, Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug will be in the lineup again.

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Dennis Seidenberg skates, won’t return for Game 2 05.18.13 at 4:00 pm ET
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The Bruins got a couple of positive signs regarding their injured defensemen Saturday, with Dennis Seidenberg skating prior to practice and Wade Redden returning to practice.

Following the skate, Claude Julien told reporters that Seidenberg will not play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Rangers, while Redden will be a game-time decision. Ference has yet to skate since missing Game 6 of the first round against the Maple Leafs.

Though the Bruins struggled at points without the defensemen, they have won both games played without all three, as Seidenberg left after two minutes of Game 7 against Toronto and all three players sat out for Game 1 against the Rangers.

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Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, Wade Redden out Game 1 vs. Rangers 05.16.13 at 7:09 pm ET
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Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Wade Redden were all absent for the Bruins’ warmup Thursday night, meaning all three are out for Game 1 against the Rangers.

The trio of injured blueliners will be replaced by rookies Matt Bartkowski, Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug. Bartkowski and Hamilton played two games against the Maple Leafs in the first round, while this will be the first NHL playoff game and fourth game of Krug’s NHL career.

The Bruins lineup in warmups is as follows:

Milan LucicDavid KrejciNathan Horton
Brad MarchandPatrice Bergeron – Jaromir Jagr
Rich PeverleyChris KellyTyler Seguin
Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara – Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski – Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug – Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

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Injured defensemen missing, Brad Marchand leaves morning skate early in pain at 10:50 am ET
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Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Wade Redden all were missing from the Bruins’ morning skate prior to Thursday’s opening game of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Rangers. Furthermore, left wing Brad Marchand left the ice in pain about 20 minutes into the skate following 2-on-1 drills.

With the trio of defensemen absent (all with undisclosed injuries), the lineup looked as follows prior to Marchand’s exit:

Milan LucicDavid KrejciNathan Horton
Brad MarchandPatrice Bergeron – Jaromir Jagr
Rich PeverleyChris KellyTyler Seguin
Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

Extra forwards: Kaspars Daugavins, Jay Pandolfo, Carl Soderberg

Zdeno Chara – Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski – Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug – Adam McQuaid

Extra defenseman: Aaron Johnson

If Marchand is unable to play Thursday, Daugavins would be the most likely choice to replace him in the lineup. Daugavins last played in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Maple Leafs.

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Mike Petraglia contributed to this report.

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