Mark Stuart's hand injury occurred last Thursday

DJ Bean
December 09, 2010 - 6:45 am

Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart, sporting a cast and out four-to-six weeks with a broken hand, spoke on Thursday about how his injury occurred. Though Stuart left the first period of Tuesday's game, the injury actually dates back to last Thursday's 8-1 win over the Lightning. Stuart blocked a shot from the point, getting hit in the right hand. X-rays after the game were negative, and he played through pain and swelling for the rest of the night and in Saturday's game. "We just decided to see how it felt and look at it in a couple of days. It was a little sore. We taped it up for Toronto. It wasn't feeling good, so we had planned on getting X-rays again after the game on Tuesday." It obviously didn't make it that far. On his third shift of the night on Tuesday, Stuart made a pass and his hand "caved in," as he both broke his hand and dislocated his ring finger at the same time. Stuart said that by the time he had made the pass, his hand was "hanging on by a thread." This marks the second time in as many seasons that a hand injury will keep Stuart out for a prolonged period of time. He missed 26 games last season with a broken finger and an infection in his finger. "I'm kind of a veteran with this now," Stuart said.