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Desharnais: I thought Prust’s hit was good

May 23, 2014, 2:12 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers took issue with Brandon Prust‘s questionable hit on Rangers forward Derek Stepan early in the first period of Thursday’s game and the NHL has scheduled a hearing to discuss the Canadiens forward’s actions, but not everyone is against it.

David Desharnais spoke in defense of his teammate, calling it a “good hit,” per the Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti.

“It set the tone for the night,” Desharnais explained, per the Canadiens’ Twitter account. “They may not have liked it, but it definitely woke everyone up.”

Montreal went on to earn a 3-2 overtime victory, reducing the Rangers series lead to 2-1.

If you haven’t seen the hit, here it is:

Stepan still ended up logging 17:46 minutes, but this morning it was revealed that he had a broken jaw. He has undergone surgery as a result.

  1. bwayblueshirt - May 23, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    So this was a good hit but Gryba on Eller last year was Satan himself appearing on the ice? SMH at the Habs and their fans. No wonder you don’t fell like you get respect.

    • charlie24zz - May 23, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      I don’t know man…Eller was bleeding profusely and had to be taken out on a stretcher. Stepan got up and played the whole game. I don’t think the two are comparable.

      Unless you’re blind, which makes sense

      • njadvocate111 - May 23, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        One is a Hab and the other is a man. Don’t need to be a brain surgeon to understand that. Once again, pity party for the Hab’s being “targeted by goons”, but god forbid holding them accountable for their actions

      • bwayblueshirt - May 23, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        Both players broke their jaws, resulting in them being unable to play another game that year. Seems pretty comparable to me.

      • charlie24zz - May 23, 2014 at 2:58 PM

        How about when Stepan ran Emelin into the boards, kind of missed him and hit his face? Could that not be the cause of a broken jaw?

  2. xdj511 - May 23, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Maybe after somebody clocks this guy with a blindside shoulder to the jaw he’ll think differently.

    • thailer35 - May 23, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      I wonder if he has actually seen a replay of the hit or if this is like when someone posts a comment on the article without actually reading it.

  3. drewsylvania - May 23, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Hate level: white-hot

    • pfhockey - May 23, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Justification = Completely insane if you think otherwise

  4. chip56 - May 23, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Even if he didn’t believe that I’m not sure that you’re going to find a player who will stand up and say “yeah, my guy laid a dirty hit on another player and should be punished for it.”

    On a semi-related note – playing 17 minutes of hockey with a broken jaw and doling out hits along the way is pretty monster. I have no doubt if this happened to Crosby he would be curled up in the fetal position in Mario’s suite. Mario would be on one phone talking to the press about how dirty players like Prust have no place in the league while screaming “Find me Matt Cooke” into another phone.

    • abouv1 - May 23, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      My thought’s exactly. Is Desharnais really going to call his own team mate out?

  5. Nofoolnodrool - May 23, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    On a semi-related note – playing 17 minutes of hockey with a broken jaw and doling out hits along the way is pretty monster. I have no doubt if this happened to Crosby he would be curled up in the fetal position in Mario’s suite. Mario would be on one phone talking to the press about how dirty players like Prust have no place in the league while screaming “Find me Matt Cooke” into another phone.

    A little obsessed with Crosby or is envy? Need to buy a good slice of cheese to go with the whine skippy.

    • peymax1693 - May 23, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      I’m not sure you get to make a “cheese with your whine” comment, considering Crosby and the Pens didn’t even make it to the Conference Finals thanks to their epic choke job against the Rangers.

    • chip56 - May 23, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      Not obsessed or envious – I consider Crosby to be the Justin Beiber of the NHL

  6. jason9696 - May 23, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    “But it definitely woke everyone up.?” It did? Montreal seemed to be in a slumber for most of the game. I don’t remember a team coughing up the puck so many times. P.K. Subban was terrible. The only reason they won was because of Dustin Toskarski. And because Henrik Lundqvist had an off night. Montreal will have to play a hell of a lot better if they want to win Sunday night.

  7. heynyc61 - May 23, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Can’t blame hank. 2 of the goals weren’t even shot in. One kicked in by a ranger and the other off a Habs body

    • peymax1693 - May 23, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      I thought the Rangers were the better team again last night, but even they had to rely on “puck luck” to get even with Kreider’s deflection.

      If you had told me that the Rangers would be up 2-1 in the series after the first three games I would have been jumping for joy. But to lose in OT, that’s tough. Hopefully, it’s just a small bump in the road.

  8. njadvocate111 - May 23, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    @Charlie- So did Stepan run Emelin…or did he “kind of miss him”. Are you losing track of your excuses? I don’t blame you, as a Hab’s fan thats a full time job. .

    • charlie24zz - May 23, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Hit him hard into the boards, and proceeded to smash his face into the boards…You’re a moron, chirp harder bud.

  9. canadatude - May 23, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Stepan actually broke his jaw when he was yapping so much as he left the ice. The hit was on his torso, not his face.
    If you follow the play to the other end, you see Nash use the Rangers’ trademark kamikaze move of diving skates first through the crease at the goalie. Only this time they missed.

    • charlie24zz - May 23, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      Yep, surprised Nash lost his balance so easily there!

      Actually, not surprised whatsoever

  10. nicknyhc - May 23, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Prust was very well liked when he played for the Rangers. I’ve always liked him, but this was a bad hit.

    Montreal fans have been absolutely delusional with this, the Price-Kreider incident, and with denying the fact that they’ve repeatedly scored with too many men on the ice. They also have a hard time acknowledging how dirty the golden boy Subban has been this series.

    No wonder they cry every time they play Boston.

  11. theskinsman - May 23, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    This series? PK is as dirty as a coal miner’s overalls, he just has some sort of special permission that allows him to slew foot directly in front of linesmen and get 1 call out of 100. I hope he gets shut down the rest of this series.

  12. razorbyrd - May 23, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    hey look, it’s a guy sticking up for his teammate, imagine that…

    players do it every day, why should the Habs be any different?!

    haters, get over yourselves, your teams do the same damn thing

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