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Jordan Staal gets five-minute major and match penalty for “sucker punch” to Rangers Brandon Prust

Feb 1, 2011, 9:44 PM EDT

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It’s just another typical Rangers-Penguins game in New York City tonight. This time around, things got a bit heated in the second period with the Rangers trailing 3-2 and a scrum erupting in front of the Rangers bench.

Rangers tough guy Brandon Prust and Penguins forward Jordan Staal came together briefly with Prust roughing up Staal initially. Staal pushed back and then punched Prust in the face with a gloved hand. Prust, however, dropped like a rock to the ice holding his face and getting the Rangers bench on their feet. Staal was assessed a five-minute major and a match penalty for roughing and was sent off for the sucker punch. Prust, got up and was back on the bench after over-selling the punch to draw the penalty.

A match penalty comes with a mandatory one-game suspension unless the NHL rescinds the penalty. The Penguins are slated to face the Islanders tomorrow so whether or not Staal ends up sitting down will be decided tomorrow.

What’s the real issue here is the egregious embellishment of the punch on the part of Prust. Prust earlier fought Penguins tough defenseman Deryk Engelland and took multiple punches to the head from Engelland’s bare fist without dropping like a rock. Either Jordan Staal is a lot stronger than he lets on or Prust needs to win an Academy Award.

  1. galuple - Feb 1, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    Staal is the new Chuck Norris. He looks at you and you explode.

  2. gravytrain56 - Feb 1, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    http://defendingthecore.blogspot.com/2011/02/quick-hits-on-tonights-game.html

  3. meeshka71 - Feb 2, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    Brandon Prust? An honest player that plays a clean game? Are you serious? I can appreciate embellishments with the best of them, but that stunt tonight was just absurd. Simply absurd. Certainly didn’t light any fires as the Rangers sucked it hard after that. I’ve seen better acting in beer leagues. Lame.

  4. rougwave - Feb 2, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    Are the refs just this stupid, or was it a biased called? Hockey refs are the most inconsistent in all of sports. I’d say it was time for some accountablility.

  5. iluvwikileaks - Feb 2, 2011 at 8:18 AM

    The New York Rangers suck! Bunch of no-talented pussies.

    I hope Jordon takes the glove off first the next time he feels like punching your ugly face.

  6. clusterpuck - Feb 2, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    It’s pretty clear which side the refs put their money on before this one. I’m glad they lost it.

    • kellyb9 - Feb 2, 2011 at 10:58 AM

      Usually the when the fix is in, it favors the Pens… what happened?

  7. murraychadwick - Feb 2, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    I have no idea how the refs didn’t see Prust come up with the elbow to Staal’s face. That is the reason Staal reacted the way he did.

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