Bruins call up Marc McLaughlin for road trip

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Bruins coach Jim Montgomery said over the weekend that the team would call up a forward for its upcoming road trip, but that he didn't yet know who it would be.

Now we know. The Bruins announced Monday morning that they have called up Marc McLaughlin from AHL Providence.

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McLaughlin had a strong training camp and preseason and many believed the North Billerica native had done enough to win an opening night roster spot, but the Bruins elected to have him start the season in Providence.

The 23-year-old Boston College alum got off to a slow start there, recording zero goals and three points through his first 14 games this season. He has picked it up recently, though, as he has nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) over his last nine games, including a goal and three assists in two games against Hartford this weekend.

McLaughlin made his NHL debut last March, famously scoring in his first career game in front of friends and family at TD Garden. He wound up scoring three goals in 11 NHL games before being sent down to the AHL just before the playoffs.

The Bruins are currently down two forwards, with Jake DeBrusk recovering from leg and hand injuries and Tomas Nosek suffering a fractured foot on Thursday.

McLaughlin brings them back to 13 forwards for the five-game road trip, which begins Tuesday night in Montreal. He also brings some versatility, as he can play either right wing or center. It remains to be seen if or when he will get into the lineup, but the Bruins will likely want to get him into a game at some point rather than just have him sit the whole trip.

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