Bruins’ Matt Bartkowski playing with confidence

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MONTREAL — When the season started the talk was of the defensive rotation. And for the first 16 games, that was an issue. Matt Bartkowski sat for the first three games, played three, then settled into the press box for nine of the next 10.

Then Adam McQuaid got injured. And since then, Bartkowski really hasn’t had to worry. He has been a consistent presence in the lineup, an improving, maturing player, usually alongside Johnny Boychuk, sitting for just three of the following 48 games.

But with the addition of Andrej Meszaros, the Bruins again have a surplus of defensemen. So far coach Claude Julien has opted to sit Dougie Hamilton against Florida and Montreal to get Meszaros into the lineup. Bartkowski has been safe.

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