Bruins' Lucic out 4-6 weeks

Updated: October 19, 2009, 6:10 PM ET
By Matt Kalman | ESPNBoston.com

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins winger Milan Lucic will miss four to six weeks after he had surgery to repair his injured right index finger Sunday, according to general manager Peter Chiarelli.

The operation on the 21-year-old Lucic took place at Massachusetts General Hospital on Sunday. He suffered the injury Friday night in Dallas and did not play Saturday in Phoenix. He was placed on long-term injured reserve by the club Sunday. Lucic has to miss a minimum of 10 games and 24 days.

The third-year forward registered just three assists and a plus-2 rating in six games for the Bruins.

"He's one of those players that has usually a pretty big impact on the game when he's on top of it," coach Claude Julien said. "I think we saw him more like that player we want him to be in Dallas.

"So it hurts but it gives somebody else an opportunity to step up. And in the past, we've always been a team that has responded to [injuries] by having everybody pick up the slack and guys coming up [from the minors] and doing a halfway decent job."

Matt Kalman covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Matt Kalman

Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com
Matt Kalman covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com. He has been on the Bruins beat since the lockout for numerous publications and has been covering the Boston sports scene for a decade.

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