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Stuart to Have Surgery

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
2:36 p.m.

Stuart Out With Broken Finger
Boston Bruins Mark Stuart, who recently returned from a broken sternum, will undergo surgery to repair a broken finger suffered during a fight with Los Angeles' Wayne Simmonds during Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Kings.

The fight occurred after the Stuart delivered a big check to LA's Anze Kopitar at 4:58 of the second period .

Stuart was unavailable for comment after the game, but Coach Julien spoke for the Bruins.

"Stuey’s got a broken finger from last game," said the B's head coach. "He’s getting operated on this afternoon and he’ll be out until after the Olympic break.

"That’s from the fight."

Julien noted that Stuart had been a stalwart on the blueline for Boston since returning from his chest injury.

"I thought the last couple of games Stuey was probably playing some of his best hockey," said Julien. "We liked his game and unfortunately you lose him for 3-4 weeks.

"That’s...the unfortunate part. It’s the second major injury for him, a guy who’s been as reliable as you can find, as far as health issues are concerned until this year."

Julien said it was also unfortunate because Stuart was trying to be a difference-maker for Boston.

"You want to see things from the players that shows that they’re in the game," he said. "[Difference-makers] want to give your team some momentum and some energy and everything else.

"Those kind of things come from within the individual. And [there's] no doubt, those kinds of things, as you saw last game, what it did for our hockey club.

"Once that hit was thrown I thought our team responded well," said Julien.

After the game, Kopitar spoke about Stuarts hit:
"I am pretty sure if it wasn’t clean I wouldn’t be sitting here right now. He could have taken my head off. Maybe I am fortunate he is not as tall as (Zdeno) Chara because he would have definitely taken my head off. It is one of those plays that happens in the game. He caught me looking backwards, and I didn’t really see it on the replay yet, but I am pretty sure it wasn’t a dirty hit."
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