Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Bruins [Print without images]

Monday, January 17, 2011
Lucic, Stuart return in fine fashion

By Joe McDonald

BOSTON -- Both Milan Lucic and Mark Stuart returned to the Bruins’ lineup on Monday against the Carolina Hurricanes, and both made significant contributions.

Stuart, who missed 18 games with a broken finger, scored the Bruins’ first goal, and his first of the season, to help Boston to a 7-0 victory.

“He was very good, especially for being out for a while,” Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas said. “He didn’t have the shakiness that sometimes can happen when you haven’t played in a while. He was very calm with the puck. He made some good plays and he was strong.”

Stuart said he felt good and that he was wearing a brace on his right hand to protect the finger.

“I was a little nervous beforehand because you don’t know what to expect,” Stuart said. “I was fortunate to get that goal early and it kind of helped me relax.”

Lucic missed the previous three games with an upper-body injury. Even though he had a goal taken away because of a late delayed-penalty call, Lucic added an assist and said he felt good despite his recent hiatus.

“Having Stew and Looch back is always great to see,” assistant captain Patrice Bergeron said.