Stuart back in Bruins lineup

Updated: May 7, 2010, 10:15 PM ET
By Joe McDonald |

PHILADELPHIA -- As expected, defenseman Mark Stuart returned to the Boston Bruins lineup Friday night for Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Philadelphia Flyers.

He had been out since April 2 with an infection in his left hand. He was given medical clearance and coach Claude Julien decided he was ready to play.

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