A tough return for Stuart

In his first game back, defenseman rusty -- but vows to improve

Updated: May 8, 2010, 1:34 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Boston Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart sat alone in the corner of the visitors locker room at the Wachovia Center. He was drenched in sweat. He was disillusioned. Like a true leader, maybe even a future captain of this team, he sat there and described his disappointment.

The Bruins had just lost 5-4 in overtime to the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, and Stuart and captain Zdeno Chara were the only players in the room at that time.


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