BOSTON — Boston Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart missed a couple first-period shifts during the 6-4 win over Ottawa tonight at TD Banknorth Garden after an errant puck hit him in the chin while he was on the bench.

The cut required about four stitches, but he came back and still skated for 15:19  of solid ice time.

•Defenseman Aaron Ward returned after a one-game absence with a charley horse and was in fine form. He scored his first goal of the season and was a  plus-3.

“With skills like mine, it always feels good to get anything,” Ward said of the goal.

•Winger Milan Lucic was out of action with an undisclosed injury but was seen walking around after the game.

•Defenseman Andrew Ference, on the comeback trail after a broken foot, was also seen walking around.

Shane Hnidy missed the game with a swollen eye. It definitely wins the prize for ugliest injury of this season.