Stuart sidelined two weeks

Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart, who required an emergency room visit to a Toronto Hospital late Friday night, today underwent surgery on am infected finger and will miss at least two weeks, according to a statement released Sunday afternoon by the Bruins.

Stuart returned home to Boston Saturday to be treated for a sudden flareup of cellulitis, an infection of the skin, on one of his hands. Bruins coach Claude Julien maintained Saturday morning that the club hoped Stewart would be available for Monday night’s game against the Caps in Washington, DC.

The statement released this afternoon by the Bruins provided no detail about the specific nature of why Stuart required surgery on a finger. It’s possible that the cellulitis infection was advanced and doctors felt that surgery, rather than treatment by oral or intravenous antibiotics, was the most prudent course of action.

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We should have more details this evening. And we will keep you posted here on the Globe Bruins Blog.