NMU hockey: Marquette’s Justin Florek sent back to Providence Bruins of AHL

MARQUETTE – Marquette native Justin Florek was sent back to the Providence Bruins of the AHL on Thursday morning after appearing in six NHL Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Boston Bruins.

Boston, which is trailing the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in an Eastern Conference semifinal series, called up forward Matt Fraser to replace Florek on the roster in time for tonight’s Game 4 in Montreal.

Florek, a former Northern Michigan University captain, appeared in all five games of a first-round series win over the Detroit Red Wings. He scored his first NHL playoff goal on April 20 in a Game 2, 4-1, win in Boston.

Florek started Game 1 of the second round against Montreal on the third line, but was moved during the loss to the fourth line. He was then a healthy scratch for Games 2 and 3 of the series.

Providence begins its second-round AHL playoffs series on the road Friday against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.