- Joe McDonald, ESPN Staff Writer
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BOSTON -- After missing the past three games with an injury to his midsection, Boston Bruins forward David Krejci returned to the lineup Thursday night in a 6-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden.
Following the team's morning skate, Bruins coach Claude Julien said Krejci would be a game-time decision, but the forward participated in the pregame warmup.
"I will go out there and give 100 percent and try to help the team win the game," Krejci said after the game-day skate Thursday morning. "I feel pretty good. It was a good morning skate."
Krejci has one goal and a minus-2 rating in three games this season.
Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid, who has a neck injury, did not play Thursday night.
Defenseman Steve Kampfer (knee) made his season debut Thursday.
McQuaid suffered the injury last week in Carolina and has missed the past two games. The team is treating the injury similar to a concussion, but McQuaid was able to skate Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. He did not practice with the team Wednesday and did not participate in Thursday's game-day skate.
Kampfer sprained the MCL of his left knee during a preseason game Sept. 29.
"It's been a while but I'm excited for it," Kampfer said of his return. "I'm ready to go and I feel good. I just need to go out there and play my game, keep it simple and help this team get two points."
Rookie defenseman Matt Bartkowski was assigned to the Providence Bruins of the AHL Thursday morning. Julien believes the 23-year-old, who played in three games with Boston this season, needs more ice time to hone his skills.
"It's just a matter of him playing a little bit more," Julien said. "I thought his training camp was extremely good. He showed signs of being a little bit better. He got stronger and right now he just needs to go there and play and make some quicker decisions with the puck and knowing what to do when he gets it.
"At times we felt he was maybe a little slow reacting and that kind of got him in trouble at times," Julien added. "More playing time will certainly help him in regards to that."
Joe McDonald covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.
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