BOSTON — There’s still hope the Bruins could get Mark Stuart back during the team’s playoff run.
The veteran defenseman skated on his own for a second straight day under the watch of strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides today at TD Garden after his teammates went through their practice in preparation for tomorrow’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series with Philadelphia.
“I’m still undergoing treatment right now for the infection,” he said before taking the ice. “But I’m allowed to get on the ice, which is huge because for a while I wasn’t allowed.”
Stuart has been out since April 1 with an infection in his finger, which had been surgically repaired Feb. 1. Stuart had to have a second surgery and now must take an IV twice a day to kill the infection. The total treatment will last six weeks. He said he has few physical limitations, except for lifting weights. So it’s tough to tell if he’ll be able to return to the Bruins’ lineup before the treatments end.
“We’re still playing and I’m still holding onto hope that I have a chance to get back out there. So we’ll see,” he said.
Head coach Claude Julien classified Stuart as day-to-day.