MONTREAL - Injuries are dogging the Boston Bruins.
Just as defenceman Aaron Ward returned from a concussion, blue-liner Andrew Ference was sidelined for a second time this month - this time with a sprained knee.
The Bruins recalled Matt Hunwick from the AHL's Providence Bruins on Saturday to fill in for Ference. Hunwick played one game for Boston during a previous call-up on Nov. 10.
"He played well for us in the game he came in and he's played extremely well in Providence," said coach Claude Julien. "Right now, we know we've lost Ference for a little bit and we need a guy to come in."
Ference returned from an upper body injury for the Bruins' 5-2 victory over Toronto on Thursday night, only to suffer a brand new injury.
Ward missed two games after he was knocked out in a collision with Montreal defenceman Francis Bouillon during a 2-1 loss in Boston on Nov. 8.
His first game back was to be Saturday night against the those same Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
The Bruins were convinced Bouillon elbowed Ward and wanted him suspended, although the Canadiens blue-liner said the collision was accidental. The league took no action.
Ward said he won't be looking to get even.
"It's over," he said. "It's nothing to me.
"The decision's been made and I'm just looking to play the game."
He said it was the second concussion of his career. The first came in 1997 when he was cross-checked by former enforcer Bob Probert.
The Bruins were already missing first-line centre Patrice Bergeron, who suffered a severe concussion and a broken nose when he was slammed from behind into the boards by Philadelphia's Randy Jones, who was suspended for two games.
Bergeron is out for the long term and there are fears his season is over.
"It's a possibility, but we've always got our fingers crossed that things will get better for him," said Julien. "We have to look at that possibility, but at the same time, I believe that Patrice is a warrior, a real battler, and he'll work is way out of it.
"Right now our main concern is just making sure he gets his health back. It was such a scare for himself, his family and our organization, we're thinking about him getting better first before we even think about when he's coming back (to play)."
Meanwhile, Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau said Josh Gorges will replace Patrice Brisebois in the Montreal lineup.
He said it was planned before the season that the veteran Brisebois would not play every game, particularly when there are back-to-back games. The Canadiens lost 4-1 in Buffalo on Friday night.