Stuart: Injury happened in Lightning game

Mark Stuart confirmed Thursday that he suffered the injury to his hand last Thursday in the Bruins’ 8-1 win over the Lightning while blocking a shot. Stuart tried to tough it out over the last two games but the pain just got worse and he had to succumb to it after the first period of the 3-2 win over the Sabres Tuesday night.

"It was sore," Stuart told the media Thursday when recounting when he injured the hand and finger. "We took X-rays after Thursday's game and they were negative. So we just decided to see how it felt, then look at it in a couple days. It was sore, so I taped it up for Toronto and it wasn't feeling good. So we actually planned to get X-rays again after the game on Tuesday. My third shift, all I did was make a pass and it just caved in. It was just hanging on by a thread, I think."

Stuart, who was sporting a cast on the injured hand is still expected to be out 4-6 weeks. However, Stuart said he believes he can still skate and practice with the injury.