Marquette’s Florek sent back down to Providence of AHL

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – The Boston Bruins activated forward Loui Eriksson from injured reserve and assigned former Northern Michigan University captain Justin Florek of Marquette to Providence of the American Hockey League.

The Bruins made the move Saturday before beating the San Jose Sharks 1-0 in San Jose.

Florek appeared in three games for Boston after being recalled on Jan. 6, and earned his first NHL goal on Jan. 9 against the Kings in Los Angeles. He picked up an assist on Jan. 7 against the Ducks in Anaheim.

Florek was called up to the NHL for the first time in his career the morning of Jan. 4 to play that day against the Winnipeg Jets in Boston before being sent back down to the AHL on Jan. 5.

Florek has skated in 35 games this season with Providence, registering nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points with a plus-12 rating (tied for the team lead).

Eriksson missed 15 games after a sustaining a concussion against Pittsburgh on Dec. 7 when he was hit by Brooks Orpik. Teammate Shawn Thornton retaliated later in that game by slew-footing Orpik to the ice and punching him twice. Thornton was suspended for 15 games and also made his return against the Sharks.