Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 06: Erik Haula #56 of the Boston Bruins skates against the Washington Capitals during a practice shootout following the preseason game between the Boston Bruins and the Washington Capitals at TD Garden on October 06, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

COVID has returned to the Bruins.

And this time, it’s taken Erik Haula out of action for the Black and Gold.

One of Boston’s goal scorers in a 2-1 win over the Coyotes last Friday, Haula’s move to the team’s COVID list came just hours before the team’s puck drop against the Stars. Haula, who had been skating between David Pastrnak and Taylor Hall on the B’s second line, moves into COVID protocols after a month of January that’s included four goals and 11 points in 15 games.

With Haula out, the Bruins have recalled forward Steven Fogarty from the team’s taxi squad.

The 28-year-old Fogarty has scored eight goals and 23 points in 26 AHL games with Providence this season, and has one goal and three points in 27 career NHL games with the Rangers and Sabres.

But it seems likely that the Bruins will bump Tomas Nosek, who has taken some shifts with Hall and Pastrnak in the past, up to the second line, while Fogarty will slot somewhere on the fourth line for the B’s.

Elsewhere on the roster, Jeremy Swayman will rejoin the Bruins and serve as Linus Ullmark’s backup for tonight’s contest, with Tuukka Rask still out with a lower-body injury and Troy Grosenick returned to the taxi squad Saturday.

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