Bartkowski/By S. Bradley

As expected, the Bruins this afternoon recalled defenseman Matt Bartkowski from the Providence (AHL) farm club on an emergency basis.

No, the move wasn’t made just because the Pittsburgh-area native has to play against his hometown Pittsburgh Penguins, who will be at TD Garden to face the Bruins Saturday night. Fellow rookie Steven Kampfer famously suffered a mild concussion Thursday night and will be out of action at least a week.

Bartkowski’s two previous recalls came in time for him to face the Penguins. He did not record a point in either game but collected two penalty minutes.