The Bruins made it interesting in the third period, but a three-goal hole proved too much to overcome as they fell to the Maple Leafs, 3-2, Saturday night at Air Canada Centre.

Johnny Boychuk will miss Saturday’s game against the Maple Leafs, with Matt Bartkowski making his season debut in Boychuk’s place. Boychuk suffered a leg injury in Friday’s practice, causing the B’s to recall Bartkowski from Providence.

The Bruins recalled defenseman Matt Bartkowski on an emergency basis Friday, the same day that defenseman Johnny Boychuk left practice with a right leg injury.

Bartkowski will be available for Saturday’s game against the Maple Leafs. The 24-year-old has three goals and 21 assists for 24 points in 56 games this season.

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Claude Julien finally got two points Thursday night to end a two-game skid, but it's safe to say he also got his team’s attention. 

Dennis Seidenberg‘s first goal of the season was a huge one, as the veteran blue liner took a feed from Zdeno Chara following a Patrice Bergeron faceoff win with just over a minute to play and blasted a one-timer past Robin Lehner to break a late tie and give the Bruins a 2-1 lead over the Senators Thursday nigh

David Krejci was back in the Bruins’ lineup for Thursday night’s game against the Senators, marking his return from a knee injury sustained when he was hit with a Johnny Boychuk slapshot Sunday.

With Krejci returning, Ryan Spooner was kept in the lineup, while Rich Peverley was made a surprise healthy scratch. Spooner replaced Peverley on the third line with Jay Pandolfo and Jordan Caron.

Following the Bruins’ morning skate Thursday in Ottawa, Claude Julien said that center David Krejci will be a game-time decision against the Senators.

“We’ll see how he feels after warmups,” Julien told reporters. “If he feels good, then he’s going to go.”

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday that defenseman Adam McQuaid is expected to miss three to four weeks with a left shoulder strain suffered in the first period of Tuesday’s loss to the Jets.

Since when are the Bruins a nerve-wracking team to watch? Since when does a third-period lead mean a good chance of a nail-biter and a pretty good chance that they won’t come out of it with any points? 

The third period hurt the Bruins once again Tuesday, as they saw the Jets erase their 1-0 lead and hand them a 3-1 regulation loss in Winnipeg.

The loss highlighted a troubling pattern for the B’s, as they have led in the third period in five of their six regulation losses this season, blowing third-period leads to the Sabres (twice), Canadiens, Penguins and now Jets.