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Rookie Phil Kessel recalled by Boston Bruins a month after cancer surgery

Kessel learned he had cancer shortly before playing in a Dec. 9 game against New Jersey. He underwent surgery three days later to remove his right testicle.

He played two games last week for Providence of the AHL, scoring in a 2-1 loss Saturday to the Manchester Monarchs.

Kessel has appeared in 27 games for Boston this season – his last against New Jersey – scoring five goals.

The Bruins also recalled goalie Philippe Sauve and assigned centre Yan Stastny and goalie Hannu Toivonen to Providence of the AHL.

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Sauve has played in two games for Boston this season, earning no decisions in relief.

Toivonen was recalled from Providence before Boston’s 4-3 win Saturday over Philadelphia, but did not play. He has played in 10 games for the Bruins this season, posting a 2-5-0 record.

Stastny has played 20 games for the Bruins, making two assists.