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Stuart emerging as a Bruins leader

Teammates' quick reaction in defending him is a step in the right direction

Updated: March 21, 2010, 8:10 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Defenseman Mark Stuart's body had barely landed on the ice when four of his Boston Bruins teammates charged the New York Rangers' Vinny Prospal.

Stuart was playing the puck behind his own net and tried to change directions when Prospal slammed him headfirst into the dasher below the glass. Stuart appeared seriously injured at first as he stayed motionless facedown on the ice for a moment. Meanwhile, his teammates reacted quickly and jumped his perpetrator, with Bruins' assistant ...

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