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Prust will have hearing for Stepan hit

May 23, 2014, 10:57 AM EDT

Montreal forward Brandon Prust will have a disciplinary hearing Friday for his hit on New York’s Derek Stepan during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced.

Here’s the hit in question, for which Prust wasn’t penalized:

As the video suggests, both Stepan and his Ranger mates were livid with Prust, and it didn’t take long for Derek Dorsett and Dan Carcillo to find him and try to exact revenge:

In the aftermath of the ensuing fracas, Dorsett and Prust were given five-minute fighting majors each, while Carcillo was given a charging minor for the original hit and a game misconduct for jostling with linesman Scott Driscoll. That ended Carbomb’s night with just 1:45 TOI and the potential for suspension hanging in the balance.

Speaking of suspensions, Prust does have a past history with the Department of Player Safety. In 2012, he was suspended one game — while a member of the Rangers — for elbowing Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov in the head:

Ironically enough, that incident also occurred during Game 3 of that year’s Eastern Conference Final.

  1. doknyc - May 23, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    not only fine/suspend prust, fine/suspend the refs for missing it!

    still think the rangers will win this in 5.. or 6… or 7 :)

    • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      Don’t forget to fine the Rangers for not following the proper concussion protocol.

      • canadiensfanno1 - May 23, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        Suspend Rangers fan mouth , they look like Boston one. Prust wont be suspended or anything, this was à penalty but nothing more

    • bwayblueshirt - May 23, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      Those refs were atrocious. The only way any of them should ever work again is with approved service dogs. Subban slewfoot right in front of them, Markov’s hook 15 seconds before he scored, all the holding and hooking after that, Mac’s slash on Gallagher, and of course, this hit. What a disgrace for the league. This was the most atrociously called game I’ve ever seen.

  2. c1md6 - May 23, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    This is where the NHL needs to step in and take control before this gets ugly because apparently the refs didn’t want to make any calls against their beloved Canadians. If he doesn’t get suspended then the league really doesn’t care about player safety. The refs of last nights game should not be allowed to call a game the rest of the playoffs, if they did their job the game would’ve never if gotten that far out of hand. What a joke.

    • Eutaw's Finest - May 23, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      The missed calls went both ways yesterday. Did you happen to catch Callahan with a hard slash in the 3rd to a breaking Gallagher? Clear as day 2 handed slash that was ignored, followed by Gallagher getting 2 for retaliating when he got up. And I know you will likely mention the Subban slash with under a minute to go on St Louis but that’s the point I’m making- the bad calls went BOTH WAYS and the idea that they favored the CandadiEns is ludicrous.

      • jkay1818 - May 23, 2014 at 11:17 AM

        I definitely agree with you, ryan callahan should at least get a phone hearing by the league. Not only did the refs miss it but so did everyone else.

        In all honesty, yes there was a slash, but the refs were atrocious last night. Not to mention MTL had too many men on the ice for about 15 seconds on the tying goal. They also scored a goal in game one with too many men on the ice.

      • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 11:23 AM

        The league definitely doesn’t want soccer players rolling around on the ice, looking to draw penalties. And then when their embellishment doesn’t draw a call, the fakers shouldn’t throw temper tantrums on their way off the ice, only to pretend to be checked out by a doctor in the quiet room for 19 minutes less than what is required by the NHL’s concussion protocol.

      • blockedshotnyr - May 23, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        Yeah, Ryan Callahan should get a phone hearing with the league for tossing his golf club after he missed a 4 foot par putt on 17 yesterday.

    • bucrightoff - May 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      Ummm, the league wants New York – LA in the Finals. No doubt about it. The Canadiens don’t even count towards the US TV rating. New York – LA might be the highest rated Finals ever. So yeah….

      • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        Habs playoff games are always in the afternoon or on Sundays because the NHL takes for granted that Canada will watch the other series simply because it’s on Saturday night.

  3. pepper2011 - May 23, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    I am so confused by the rules; does this make him a scumbag?

  4. avfanforlife - May 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    I don’t usually complain about the refs, but there were some really questionable calls / missed calls this game. Too many whistles can really mess up the flow of a game and make it not fun to watch, but seriously, I wouldn’t mind if this particular crew got the rest of the playoffs off.

  5. miketoasty - May 23, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    It’s a phone hearing which doesn’t necessarily mean a suspension. I’m guessing just a fine because of the refs not making the call and the NHL wanting to see at least some sort of punishment handed out.

    If there is any suspension at all I am going to lose complete faith in NHL’s discipline ability (Not that I have much faith left but still…).

    • charlie24zz - May 23, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      +35…Also, Stepan is a whiner. He came back a couple of shifts later, and Prust still filled in Dorsett’s face on the retaliation to the hit.

      • nebbah306 - May 23, 2014 at 12:51 PM

        A Whiner? Stepan’s jaw was broken on the play!!

      • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        There should be a phone hearing into why the Rangers’ training staff missed a broken jaw (that was working fine when he was jawing at the refs) when they were “evaluating” him for a concussion.

      • flowerdew - May 23, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        rdk – that reminds me of Alex Burrows’s jaw earlier this season – I think it was the next night at dinner that he realized something serious was wrong. I can’t figure out how someone could not know their jaw was broken either, but it’s not the first time it’s happened.

      • captn58crunch - May 23, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        What fight did you see? I saw Dorsett get a punch in on Prust before it became spinning match with both holding on. Just because Prust had the upper hand in the spin means nothing.

        If Prust does not get suspended for the rest of the series, this thing will get ugly fast and you are going to see Subban or Gallagher injuries. Of course, I would love to see a Subban injury any day of the week!

    • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      The NHL also needs to do something about Kreider’s “Sean Avery” antics in front of the net.

      It’s no wonder that teams like the Bruins can’t stand Alain Vigneault.

      • charlie24zz - May 23, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        I am really tired of seeing Gally getting knocked down after the whistle, I look forward to the day I see less. Who was the player that was face to face with Tokarski, taunting and giving him small pushes, Boyle?, that was a real Avery move. I don’t think there were enough towels in the arena, to stop the Ranger tears, talk about a bunch of cry babies

      • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        Here you go:

      • bmy0913 - May 23, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        Not sure which side of the argument that gif was supporting, but that is just a player setting a screen….common practice

      • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        The only difference between Kreider and Avery is a question of etiquette: Do I give you the ass or the crotch?

      • dueman - May 23, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        If that’s what you are referring to as “Avery like” then EVERY team is guilty of it on EVERY power play! There was absolutely nothing wrong with that, except maybe the fact that the Montreal defenseman was doing nothing to stop him!

      • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        He’s playing the copycat kids game just to annoy the goalie. For example, when Tokarski moves his blocker, Kreider mimics the movement with his right arm as a form of unsportsmanlike conduct.

  6. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 23, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Amusing to read people actually believing that the NHL would prefer Montreal over the Rangers.

    New York market in the finals vs Montreal, wonder what’s better for business….
    Get a grip people, nobody has it in for the Ranger except the Habs

    • blockedshotnyr - May 23, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      It’s not about who they favor in the Finals, it’s about not wanting the series to get to 3-0. The officiating was atrocious last night with missed calls and completely inconsistent with the things they decided to call. The hook they called on Stepan was absolute joke compared to some of the other stuff going on the ice – I mean, when Moore hit the Montreal player into his own net about 30 seconds later, that was more of a penalty than what was called on Stepan.

      The officials were way too noticeable in last night’s game and that’s a problem for everyone. It mars what could have been a very intense and entertaining hockey game.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 23, 2014 at 11:34 AM

        Not the first time officiating has been bad in a playoff game.
        The NFL, NBA and MLB have been victims of it, same as the NHL.
        To make anymore of it other than a bad game for the refs is folly.

    • pepper2011 - May 23, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      If you were talking about another sport; I would agree with you.

      There is no Competition in Montreal. I find the habs fans very obnoxious, but I’ll give them credit; they are VERY dedicated.

      I promise you Hockey in Monteal is far more popular than Hockey in NY.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 23, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        That’s the point, the NHL already has the Montreal market, win or loss, finals or not the Montreal market will forever remain strong.

        They would prefer the Rangers in the finals, it strengthens the NY market and more people across the nation will tune in to watch the Rangers rather than the Habs.

      • pepper2011 - May 23, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        From as US point of view Yes, but I am sure when a Canadian team in not in it; the lose advertising there.

        When Places like Phoenix have teams, and Quebec city and until recently Winnipeg don’t. I am betting 20+ year gaps without a Canadian based team winning the Stanley Cup isn’t in their best interest.

      • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        CBC is cheering for the Rangers.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 23, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        I can’t believe it’s an actual debate with some people, the Business side of the NHL wants the larger market to win. It’s as simple as that.

        And as far as growing a market, Montreal and Toronto are pretty much maxed out, there is much more growth potential in NY and LA.

        Does this mean the NHL is out the get the Habs and Hawks? No of course not. But in the NHL’s perfect world they get a NY/LA final.

      • pepper2011 - May 23, 2014 at 11:55 AM

        You aren’t really talking about NY vs Montreal though. You are talking about (a portion) of NY vs. Quebec.

      • pepper2011 - May 23, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        99.9% of the time – I agree with you. I just think this is a special case.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 23, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        That portion of NY will grow with a Rangers trip to the finals. And that growth will mean more money, again, if the Habs go to the finals, the Quebec market won’t grow as much at all.

        If the Rangers makes it to the finals, the NHL grows their product in the largest market on the planet.

  7. njadvocate111 - May 23, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Last night’s officiating was the closest the NHL gets to an equivalent of a home plate umpire, who wants to make the game as much about themselves as they do they teams. They made the game nearly unwatchable. There is no excuse for missing that call. Regardless of where the principle point of contact was, Prust had no intention other than to to injury him, similar to Rome on Horton a few years back. Late hit with the intent to injure. Hilarious that he called out Kreider for getting hauled down on a breakaway, but this is supposed to be a clean hit.

    • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      Accelerating into a goalie is interference with intent in injure, especially when that player has a history.

      Kreider could benefit from this:

      • charlie24zz - May 23, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        Exactly. If the league wants to keep goalies safe they have to suspend players that make plays that end up injuring goalies where the player went to the crease without being driven there by a defending player. Sure it is a hockey play to go to the net, but if you don’t have a bail out plan or your bail out plan catches an accidental edge, you should be suspended for a minimum number of games or the length the opposing injured player is out.

      • njadvocate111 - May 23, 2014 at 12:49 PM

        Explain to me how one accelerates from their backside? If his legs were in front of him, it would make it really hard for them to be under him at the same time, which is what your acceleration would imply. Talk about crying, you don’t like it, don’t let 1 guy beat 3 to the net from the offensive blue line in. If you aren’t trailing the play, no reason to take him down. Also, hilarious comment with “interference with intent to injure”, because it seems like the narrative on here was that Prust’s was a clean hit, but I’m glad you were able to indicate exactly why it wasn’t. Stepan’s Jaw didn’t break on its own. Just another franchise that refuses to be held accountable for any of their actions.

      • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        If a side stop is beyond Kreider’s skill level, we would have also accepted a snowplow stop in that situation, before he entered the blue paint under his own forward momentum.

  8. doknyc - May 23, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    youd think the NHL wouldnt mind any of the possible matchups… id think its be in this order of entertainment, in my humble opinion:

    NYR v Chicago
    NYR v LA
    Chicago v Mtl
    LA v Mtl

    but it is true, the NHL does NOT want sweeps, i mean with less games, we’d all go watch the NBA (pukes in mouth)

    • bucrightoff - May 23, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      Then why did they let Boston sweep Pittsburgh last year?

      • doknyc - May 23, 2014 at 12:46 PM

        simply because no one likes pittsburgh…

  9. r8rbhawk - May 23, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Who thinks this gal from the Xerox commercials is hot?

  10. charlie24zz - May 23, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    You know what, suspend Prust. Habs will just put in Bournival who brings much more to the table than Prust does.

    • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      Any suspension to Prust is just meant to dull the pain of what Carcillo is going to get.

  11. jkay1818 - May 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    you guys are late with the news. anyone who says he didnt hit him high or in the face is on crack. he went in for surgery a few hours ago for a broken jaw. He is a top two center and was nailed late and to his face.
    have to suspend this guy. it’s insane the refs missed this.

    • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      He’s lucky that he didn’t get hit skates first in the knee.

      • jkay1818 - May 23, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        for that to happen emelin would have to play on the rangers and someone on mtl would have to repeatedly blow by him..again and again and again and then emelin would have to take a big slash at his skates and not get called for a penalty.

        at least you have that going for you, both emelin and prust didn’t get called for penalties. you guys can’t stop injuring people this series with cheap hits.

        weavers late hit on brassard, emelin’s slash on a speedy kreider which led to injuring your own player and that dirty dirty hit last night by prust.

        you guys are fortunute all 3 were penalties and not one called.

      • nebbah306 - May 23, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Enough already. He was slashed twice, get the heck over it, damn man talk about beating a dead horse.

  12. shamu1the1whale - May 23, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Dang he suffered a broken jaw?? Hope Stepan will be ok

  13. njadvocate111 - May 23, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    @rdk, a snow plow stop? Thanks for giving us a look into your past years as a player. Was it 1 roll of tape per ankle or two?

    • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      When your mom left this morning, she told me to remind you to get your cheese cutters out of her garage. It’s a shame that you stopped playing after your dad refused to tie them up for you. You could have been great!

      • njadvocate111 - May 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM

        Hahah i’ll take that as two rolls per ankle you plug. Glad to know you referenced “proper concussion protocol” and a “your mom” joke in the same thread. No wonder the rest of Canada hates you people

      • bmy0913 - May 23, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        haha son, a “your mom” joke? I know schools almost out and it’s memorial day weekend and all, but get off the computer and go listen to your teacher. You’ll have plenty of time to play with your friends when schools out.

      • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        You two make a cute couple. Where are you registered? I’ll send a duvet or something.

      • bmy0913 - May 23, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        I really hope, for your sake, that you are strictly a troll account. From your mom jokes to calling two strangers with similar viewpoints gay.

        You’re not doing much for the popular opinion of Habs fans as a whole kid.

      • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        Actually, I thought you were his girlfriend.

      • bmy0913 - May 23, 2014 at 3:42 PM

        Clever. Now challenging gender. I don’t know if I will ever find a way to recover.

  14. justinpecora50 - May 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Prust suspended 2 games.

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