The Bruins assigned defenseman Matt Bartkowski to Providence of the American Hockey League Saturday. The 22-year-old has appeared in six games with the Bruins this season, compiling no points and four penalty minutes. His latest stint with the B's was his third of the season, having been most recently recalled from Providence on March 4. 


What a difference a week makes.  

It took exactly six minutes for the Bruins to see a 2-0 lead turn into a 3-2 deficit against the Islanders Friday night at Nassau Coliseum, and an awarded empty-netter made it a 4-2 Islanders victory. The Bruins remain winless in their last four games (0-2-2).


Here’s a sentence that wasn’t a leading candidate to exist two days ago:

Zdeno Chara got a raw deal.

Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty was very upset when he learned that the NHL decided against suspending Zdeno Chara, but he made sure Thursday night that people knew he is not in favor of a criminal investigation.


Following Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Sabres, Zdeno Chara said he was relieved to be back playing and appreciated the words earlier in the day from Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty that the Bruins captain shouldn't be prosecuted for the hit during Tuesday's game in Montreal. 


Former Bruin Brad Boyes took a pass from former Boston College star Nathan Gerbe and scored on a sprawling Tim Thomas with 1:16 left in overtime to lead the Sabres to a 4-3 win over the Bruins Thursday night at TD Garden. The Bruins have lost three straight after a season-best seven-game win streak. 


Former Bruins captain Joe Thornton suggested Thursday that the NHL rules favorably in the case of the Bruins when it comes to disciplining Boston players. He told The Globe and Mail that he isn't sure why it happens, but that it does. 


Bruins coach Claude Julien said Thursday that Andrew Ference, who has skated the past two days after missing the last five games with a lower-body injury, is getting closer to a return to the Bruins' lineup and could play as soon as Tuesday. 


"Depending on how he does here in the next few days," Julien said, "I wouldn't exclude him from the game in Columbus."


According to the Montreal Gazette, Montreal police are investigating Zdeno Chara's hit on Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty Tuesday night. 


Quebec's Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions has advised the ministry of Public Security to look into the matter, with the Gazette noting that Thursday "the investigation will begin immediately."