Stuart to miss four weeks

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The Bruins were hit by another injury over the weekend, with defenseman Mark Stuart suffering a broken finger Saturday against the Kings.

Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli said Stuart underwent successful surgery by Dr. Matthew Leibman at Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday to repair a broken pinkie on his right hand and is expected to miss four weeks.

Stuart has played in 39 games this season and registered two goals, two assists and 47 penalty minutes. He missed more than a month with a broken sternum.

Stuart suffered the injury to his finger during a brief fight with Los Angeles forward Wayne Simmonds, who jumped Stuart after the Bruins defenseman's devastating -- but clean -- open-ice hit on Kings star center Anze Kopitar in the second period. Stuart left the bench area for a few minutes after the fight but returned later in the period and finished the game.

While Stuart is out, defenseman Andrew Ference practiced with his teammates Monday morning for the first time since suffering a groin injury Jan. 5. Ference did everything during practice other than hard stops and starts and contact drills. He's hoping to add those to his regimen as the week progresses and could be on track for a return to action next week.

Matt Kalman covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.