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Two Days After Joining Bruins, Connolly Breaks Finger and Will Miss Six Weeks

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Brett Connolly has yet to play a game for the Bruins, but it was announced on Wednesday that the forward will miss the next six weeks with a broken finger. Paul Chiasson/AP


The time has come for for fans to accept it; Lady Luck is not on the Bruins' side this year.

Just two days after being acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning, forward Brett Connolly has suffered a broken finger and will miss the next six weeks.

The Bruins made the announcement Wednesday afternoon that Connolly had been diagnosed with a displaced fracture in his right index finger. He was hit in the hand with a puck during practice earlier in the day and left to be examined by team doctors before the extent of the injury was discovered.

Connolly was traded to the Bruins early Monday morning in exchange for two second round draft picks. GM Peter Chiarelli pulled the trigger on three deals on deadline day, landing Connolly, as well as Max Talbot and Paul Carey from the Colorado Avalanche and Zack Phillips from the Minnesota Wild.

A former No. 6 overall pick of the Lightning in 2010, the 22-year-old had scored 12 goals with three assists in 50 games with Tampa Bay this season, his last goal coming on Feb. 22 against the Avalanche.

A six-week absence would put a return for Connolly on April 15, which will be right around the start of the NHL playoffs.

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