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Stepan on Brouwer collision: ‘It happens’

Oct 17, 2013, 9:56 AM EDT

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The New York Rangers ended their three-game losing streak on Wednesday, but they nearly lost another top forward in the process.

Still playing without Rick Nash, who likely has a concussion, Derek Stepan was the victim of an open-ice collision with Washington Capitals forward Troy Brouwer. Although Brouwer asserted that the incident was accidental, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault believes otherwise.

Either way, Stepan fortunately feels “fine” and he doesn’t seem to be reading too much into the whole event.

“Yeah, it’s part of the game, it happens,” Stepan said, according to the Bergen Record. He added, “Obviously I never saw him coming. I can’t sit here and say if he did one thing or another. It happens, it’s part of the game. He said something to me on the ice that he didn’t see me. That’s part of it, whatever.”

Stepan went through the concussion protocol, but for now it sounds like that was a precautionary measure in his case.

If you missed the hit, you can view it below:

  1. xdj511 - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    It does seem like it was an accident. Watched the replay a few times and Brouwer seems to be looking to the left as Stepan comes across from the right. Just lucky Stepan wasn’t injured.

  2. sjsharks66 - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    How do you “accidentally” skate right into a player?

    • mexiam - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:43 AM

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      • mexiam - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    • xdj511 - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      Brouwer was at the end of his shift, probably a little fatigued, and gliding along through the middle of the ice. Suddenly Stepan comes flying across right in front of him. He was looking the other way and never saw him coming. He really only had a chance to get his arms up to shield himself and luckily neither of them were seriously injured.

    • imleftcoast - Oct 17, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      If you shrug your shoulder, Shanahan lets you off? His eyes must be shifted because his head is facing right at Stepan, and whoops his shoulder makes contact with the head. I don’t think you lift your shoulder gliding across to make a line change.

    • elvispocomo - Oct 17, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      I was asking the same thing about Burns skating right into the back of Morrow the other day…

  3. agentdw - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    just saw this on nhl network. and i can say he didnt “accidently” hit him… he actually ACCIDENTLY hit him. Brouwer was going for a line change while looking at the play in the zone to his right. Ranger came out of nowhere from his left, the opposite direction of where Brouwer was looking. no way he could have seen the guy until the last nano second as he started looking to his bench, and thats exactly what happened. so yes, it was accidental

  4. ctochester12 - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    I don’t think that he intentionally hit him in the head, but how can you skate 40′ without looking once at where you are going and not seeing a person crossing your path? How is this any different then players having to be in control of their sticks the whole time?

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