Bruins missing three forwards

Updated: January 18, 2010, 4:21 PM ET
By Matt Kalman |

BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron was back in the lineup for the Bruins' Monday matinee with Ottawa. While Begeron's return was a boost for Boston, it was without forwards Marco Sturm, Steve Begin or Byron Bitz.

Sturm (leg) missed the Bruins' previous game Saturday and Begin (undisclosed) left that game after one shift of the third period. Bitz, who missed time a couple weeks ago with a back problem, is out with something different, Bruins coach Claude Julien said.


Bergeron has missed two weeks with a broken thumb, which was originally expected to keep him out exactly that long. Bergeron, who was medically cleared to play, warmed up before the game before making a decision on his status.

Dennis Wideman missed Saturday's game with illness, but returned Monday.

The Bruins called forward Drew Larman up from Providence. In 43 games for the Providence Bruins, he has posted five goals and four assists.

"For myself, I've felt pretty good about my game and have been working with [assistant general manager] Don Sweeney and [coach] Rob Murray down there, putting things in place for my game, and I've been feeling pretty good about it," he said before Monday's game.

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Matt Kalman covers the Bruins for He has been on the Bruins beat since the lockout for numerous publications and has been covering the Boston sports scene for a decade.