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Seidenberg has surgery, will miss eight weeks

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  April 7, 2010 08:29 AM

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The Bruins just released word that Dennis Seidenberg, who suffered a gash to his left wrist Saturday night in Toronto, required surgery to repair a lacerated tendon in the same area (forearm) and he will need eight weeks to recover.

The tear, sustained when a skate blade cut into Seidenberg's wrist halfway through the first period, was to the carpi radialis tendon. The surgery was performed by doctors Matthew Leibman and Mark Belsky yesterday at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

When reached by the Globe Sunday, less than 24 hours after the mishap, Seidenberg said he felt ''doubly lucky'' that the gash, which required some 15 stitches to close, had not cut through a tendon or an artery.

However, Seidenberg failed to make it through Monday's morning workout in Washington, D.C., and again felt weakness in the wrist in that evening's pregame warmup. He did not play against the Capitals.

The Bruins on Sunday learned that they will be without fellow defenseman Mark Stuart for at least two weeks. Stuart required surgery over the weekend to clean up an infection to a pinky finger after being diagnosed early Saturday morning in Toronto with cellulitis.

Not a good trip to Toronto for the Black-and-Gold. In a span of less than 24 hours they lost two of their key backliners, after initial indications from hospital examinations there had the club believing both players would not be sidelined for any significant time.

The Bruins wrap up their regular season Sunday afternoon in D.C., following home games Thursday (Buffalo) and Saturday (Carolina).

The Stanley Cup playoffs begin next week.

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