At 4:21 p.m. EST on during yesterday’s Easter Sunday, the Boston Bruins media website posted that Mark Stuart did have surgery on an infection in his finger and is expected to miss at least two weeks.
The 25-year-old Stuart was the team’s iron man since making his NHL debut in 2005-06 season, not missing a single game. But this season, No. 45 has appeared in 56 games after battling a broken sternum, a broken pinky, and now another bout with a dinged-up-digit. Stuart has posted 2-5–7, plus-1, 80 PIM, and 53 shots on goal.
Andrew Bondarchuk was recalled from the AHL Providence Bruins on early Sunday morning — just in time for the Bruins’ game that night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The 21-year-old blue-liner finished his NHL debut with 0-0-0 and a minus-1 rating in 7:50 TOI over 11 shifts.
This “at least” two-week window puts Stuart out of commission for the rest of the 2009-10 NHL regular season, and is flirting with the playoffs.
- It’s a safe bet that Bondarchuk continues that No. 6 role in Boston for the last few games…or
- Adam McQuaid returned to Providence’s lineup last night. Expect a call-up…and/or
- Depending on the status of Dennis Seidenberg, both could play tonight against Washington