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Lucic has surgery, out 4-6 weeks

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  October 19, 2009 02:32 PM

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By Brendan Hall, Globe correspondent

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced earlier this afternoon that forward Milan Lucic underwent surgery yesterday on his right index finger, which was broken in the second period of Friday’s 3-0 win over Dallas.

“He’ll be out four to six weeks,” Chiarelli said, following the team’s morning practice at Riscuccia Arena in Wilmington.

Yesterday, the right winger was placed on long-term injured reserve, which means he must now miss at least 10 games and 24 calendar days. In his absence, the Bruins recalled Brad Marchand and Vladimir Sobotka from Providence. Guillaume Lefebvre, who played in the P-Bruins’ 7-2 win over Portland last night and was recalled as an emergency backup Saturday, was also brought back up.

"Any time you lose a guy like Looch, one of those players that usually has a pretty good impact on the game when he's on top of it, it's certainly going to hurt," coach Claude Julien said.

"I think we saw him more like the player we wanted him to be in Dallas. It's going to hurt, but it's going to give somebody else an opportunity to step up, and we've always been a team in the past that has responded well to those by everybody picking up the slack."

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