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Bruins recall Austin Czarnik ahead of meeting vs. Maple Leafs

Ty Anderson
February 03, 2018 - 1:07 pm

After what must have felt like an eternity of waiting, and with nine goals and 32 points in 33 AHL games since his last demotion back to Providence, forward Austin Czarnik is back with the Bruins with yet another chance to show the big club what he can do.

“It’s exciting. I’ve spent a good amount of time down [in Providence] working on my game,” Czarnik said following Saturday’s morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena ahead of tonight’s playoff preview of a head-to-head with the Maple Leafs.

And though he was not the B’s first choice for a fill-in for the loss of the suspended Brad Marchand -- the Bruins first tried Anders Bjork (now out with an upper-body injury) and then Peter Cehlarik (returned to the P-Bruins yesterday) -- Czarnik never seemed to let the perceived slight stop him from producing as one of the AHL’s best forwards.

“It’s just the way it works sometimes,” Czarnik, with 128 points in 131 AHL games, said. “You just have to be patient, keep on working hard, and hopefully get another chance.”

“He played very well last night [in Providence]. We expect good pace on the puck,” B’s coach Bruce Cassidy said. “He’s playing right wing, not center; Give us some energy, and if he’s on the stick he can certainly make plays. He’ll add a dimension to that line.”

On the right side of a fourth line with Frank Vatrano on the left and Sean Kuraly at center, Czarnik believes his improved defense and recent minor-league work on the wing will help him make the jump seamlessly compared to past cameos with the Big B’s.

“Be good defensively and work on my stuff; That’s what they wanted me to focus on,” the 5-foot-9 Czarnik said of his improvements during his latest run with the P-Bruins. “I think when you focus on defense, it turns into offense, and being in the right spots.”

“He can play on special teams, so he’s a guy we can move around,” Cassidy, never shy about tinkering with his lines, said. “He’s always been that. Sometimes that works for a player, sometimes that works against a player without having a true identity. But I’m comfortable with him, I trust him as a player, and we’ll see where it goes.”

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