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Stepan suffered broken jaw on Prust hit, surgery required

May 23, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT

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New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan didn’t escape Brandon Prust‘s hit without a serious injury after all.

Although Stepan returned to the game after absorbing the blow early in the first period, it was determined that he has a broken jaw, per TSN’s Darren Dreger.

“Step right now, at this time, is probably getting operated on,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said this morning, according to Blueshirts United. “He broke his jaw yesterday, so we’ll have an idea of the time frame tomorrow.”

Vigneault specified that Stepan did get cleared by doctors to return to Thursday’s contest and that his injury was diagnosed this morning.

Stepan logged 17:46 minutes and recorded an assist last night.

Prust wasn’t penalized for his actions, but the NHL already booked him for a hearing to determine if supplemental discipline is appropriate. You can view the hit below:

In the aftermath of that hit, Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo had an incident with an official that might trigger an automatic suspension of three, 10, or 20 games for the physical abuse of an official.

Vigneault said that Carcillo’s actions were unacceptable and he will pay for them.

  1. r8rbhawk - May 23, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Well now that an apparent injury is involved, it is safe to say a suspension is imminent

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 23, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      For having a broken jaw he was really flapping his gums after the hit !

      • charlie24zz - May 23, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        Seriously…the kid didn’t seem to have a problem talking in post-game interviews

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 23, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        Ok we take the player to a quiet place to exam him and we could not determine the player suffered a broken jaw,, we ok him to return ,,,you might want to get new doctors ! Just sayin !

      • drewsylvania - May 23, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        They didn’t say what kind of broken. A hairline fracture would allow this.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 23, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        Ok there Dr. Drew !

      • drewsylvania - May 23, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        I hear derping.

    • imleftcoast - May 23, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      Changes my view. Prust should get a couple games. Of course, Kreider should have gotten a couple for his accidental on purpose hit too.

      • habs9 - May 23, 2014 at 3:23 PM

        of course considering that he played all but about 6 minutes where he was being checked on, how do you figure the NHL can claim that THAT specific incident is what caused the jaw injury considering the amount of time he played and the fact that he was cleared to continue play after that hit……it shouldnt really factor into the decision

      • infectorman - May 23, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        Typical Hab fan comment

        All the Canadien fans knockin’ ALL THE GOONS around the league, turns out they have just a big a goon as every other team.

        Late, Cheap, Intentional hit. Gone for the series

        CanaDiens: GOONIN IT UP!!!


      • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 5:21 PM

        Still bitter about the bitter DEFEAL Boston suffered at the hands of Montreal.

  2. bmy0913 - May 23, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Yeah, principle contact was totally in his chest? Now there’s medical validation that it was a blow to the head. Suspension imminent.

    • bwayblueshirt - May 23, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      Phone hearing. What a joke. I don’t remember things being taken this lightly when Raffi Torres took Hossa out of the playoffs…

  3. jkay1818 - May 23, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    said this on a prior post, no need to retype, but here is the exchange with a douchey Habs fan….typical.
    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.

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    rdk – May 23, 2014 at 12:48 PM
    He’s lucky that he didn’t get hit skates first in the knee.

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    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.

    • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Sorry, I didn’t realize that the Habs were playing the 2011 Vancouver Canucks.

      • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        Because you’re not a Bruins fan.

  4. nebbah306 - May 23, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Let’s hear from everyone complaining about Stepan and his “whining” now.

    Or lets read a thousand more comments still complaining about Kreider being tripped/slashed on his way into Price.

    • imleftcoast - May 23, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      You don’t fall backwards when you get slashed in the leg. Admit that was crap and should have been a 2-game, and I’d admit Prust deserves 2 or 3.

      • nebbah306 - May 23, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        Except you can when your skating full speed and you’re already leaning forward. If Kreider’s play was so dirty, why did the Canadiens players and coaches all say it was accidental after the game?

        It was only after Price’s injury became public that Therrien and co. were complaining about Kreider’s actions.

      • bmy0913 - May 23, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        You’re an idiot. He didn’t fall backwards. His right skate got chopped out from underneath him, hence he went down onto his right hip. Additionally, his skate went through Prices 5 hole. Prices leg hyperextended because he caught the post. When contact was made Kreider spun and hit that post as well. An inentional slide with legs locked and extended doesn’t go down that way.

    • holymakinaw - May 23, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      ok, funny how Stepan could not only come back no problem, he can nail Emelin with a hit from behind, and his jaw was sure moving well when he was ‘jawin’ at the ref…bunch of crybabies, you shoulda kept your only real man Prust I guess…watch if Stepan doesn’t miss a beat and play the next game…

      • nebbah306 - May 23, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        The injury should have no bearing, Prust should get 1, maybe 2 games for the hit. It’s exactly what the NHL is trying to eliminate.

      • thesportsjudge - May 23, 2014 at 5:36 PM

        Nebbah, if “It’s exactly what the NHL is trying to eliminate” then the suspension needs to be longer than that.

  5. bwayblueshirt - May 23, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    This was the single worst officiating job I have seen in twenty years as a hockey fan. The only way these officials should ever work again is with licensed service dogs. Missed this call, the hook that created the turnover that lead to the Markov goal, Subbans slewfoot and slashes and hooks throughout, Mac’s slash on Gallagher, I could go on forever. And then they call Carcillo for hitting Prust during a battle for the puck, even though he deliberately hit him in such a way that didn’t drive him into the boards. These officials should be fined and given pink slips.

    • charlie24zz - May 23, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      I appreciate you putting that ridiculous call on Gallagher in your diatribe…but do you want some cheese with that whine?

      • bwayblueshirt - May 23, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        Pouliot got away with a couple holds too, but my general feeling is that the Rangers got raw-dogged on this one. The officials missed pretty much everything the Canadians did, and a lot of what the Rangers did, but it was neither consistent nor proportionate. I am outraged as a fan of hockey, not as a fan of the Rangers.

      • mgp1219 - May 23, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        at least no one in NY called 911!!

      • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        That’s cause they know the NY cops AIN’T comin’ anytime soon.

  6. hairpie2 - May 23, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    That was one of the most ridiculously late hits I’ve ever seen. Even in the 70’s that would have been a penalty.

    • bwayblueshirt - May 23, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      A ref and a linesman looking directly at it. smh.

  7. charlie24zz - May 23, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Bye bye Stepan

    • jason9696 - May 23, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Bye bye Price.

      • nebbah306 - May 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        Don’t feed the troll haha.

  8. skeeterbarnes - May 23, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    There was some head contact, and it was late. Prust’s shoulder was right in the middle of Stepan’s chest, which is going to “snap the head back”. I am as supportive of getting the direct head shot out of the game as the next guy, but this is not a Matt Cooke-Marc Savard situation.

    But given that this happened in the playoffs and there was an injury, expect 5 games or so. The old style hockey fan side of me wishes it was Kreider though. Imagine the “eye for an eye” justice continuing throughout the series and into next year…

    • jkay1818 - May 23, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      never heard of a guy breaking his jaw due to his head snapping back. You have to get nailed pretty hard in the face to break your jaw.
      what eye for an eye? why would there be justice on kreider? blame emelin.

      • mornelithe - May 23, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        You’d get whiplash, long long long before your Jaw would break from that kind of action. Hell, your neck would snap long before that would happen.

    • bmy0913 - May 23, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      Man…a jaw doesn’t break from whiplash. Simple physics shows that to be complete garbage theory.

      • mornelithe - May 23, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        Heh, we posted virtually the same thing a minute apart.

      • bmy0913 - May 23, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        haha I noticed that. Great minds, man.

  9. chip56 - May 23, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    As for Carcillo – not a huge loss. Can’t have a player who can’t keep himself in control playing during the post season.

    Hopefully Brassard will be able to play on Sunday and if Stepan can’t then you slot in JT Miller or Jesper Fast on the line with Boyle and Dorsett and play Moore between Krieder and Nash.

    • jkay1818 - May 23, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      I am already reading stepan is out indefinitely. Huge Loss.

      • chip56 - May 23, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        Yep. Other guys will have to step up (no pun intended). Getting Brassard back will be key.

      • nebbah306 - May 23, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        You do know indefinitely could mean he’s back for the game on Sunday right?

  10. brdwyblueshirts - May 23, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    @skeeter, let me explain how physics actually works to you. If the contact was only to the chest his head would initially continue moving in the direction he was skating then “snap back.” Which is why his legs continued moving forward.

    That didn’t happen on this play. His head stops it’s forward progress with the chest indicating contact was to the head as well.

    Dirty hit.

    • bwayblueshirt - May 23, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      I like your name.

      • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        You’re a little biased.

  11. sixchr - May 23, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Let me be the one to point out the obvious. If that were a Bruins player that delivered that hit 911 lines in Montreal would be flooded, there would be outrage about how dirty they are, and people in Montreal would be shouting from the heavens about how the Bruins are a bunch of goons and the book should be thrown at whoever dished out the hit.

    What are they saying in Montreal today? Oh right, justifying it with any excuse they can find.

    • kovodisc - May 23, 2014 at 2:02 PM


      It’s absurd how hypocritical that fan-base is.

    • thesportsjudge - May 23, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      Careful, I got called out for talking about a team other than the two playing in this series(by a NY fan.)

  12. jkay1818 - May 23, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    How is the NHL not taking this one step further when it comes to handing out a suspension to Prust? He was the most vocal, actually only vocal player for Mtl after the Kreider play. They have to think about some premeditation with this as well. You don’t just hit a player in the head extremely late.

    • kovodisc - May 23, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      And on the heels of his attempt to hit/knee Lundquist in game 2.

      Montreal was all fired up about Thornton SQUIRTING WATER at someone, but when Prust makes a blatantly late and illegal hit that results in a broken jaw, it is somehow acceptable.

      Jokes on you, Montreal.

      Also loooooved seeing Gallagher CRY and WHINE after he took that penalty. Now you know how the rest of the league feels when they play your team, Gags!

      • habs9 - May 23, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        here’s a newsflash, we dont care, the guy is fine head injury wise so no we really dont care, you can cry all you wnat and hell Prust (who has been mostly awful these playoffs) can get suspended we dont care, your derek Stepan is NOT worth our Carey price, so please continue crying some more, the fact is Stepan played the rest of the game making it impossible for the NHL to claim WHEN the injury happened

        but yeah cry more expect us to even flinch, we’ll listen to your woes when PRice comes back

      • habs9 - May 23, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        note: im not saying the hit wasnt late and doesnt deserve to be looked at otherwise, im just saying its hard for us to care that you’re so incensed when we watch your Kreider fall on our goalie 5 times a game

      • thesportsjudge - May 23, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        Hey look! A Habs fan(habs9) over exaggerating! No way!

      • habs9 - May 23, 2014 at 9:43 PM

        …so again just a reminder we dont care, your Stepan is not worth our Price

        boo this one even more now and try to make it to 100 boos! have at it…but we still wont care

        waaaaaaaaahhhhhhh lol

      • tuberippin - May 24, 2014 at 5:59 AM

        That’s fine. Even if the Habs get past the Rangers, they don’t have a chance against the Kings or Blackhawks.

  13. kovodisc - May 23, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    That’s not a penalty, but the hit Boychuck made in the final minutes of Game 7 was?!?!

    What kind of message does this send to the players??

    What a freakin joke the officiating has become – ruining the sport.

    • charlie24zz - May 23, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      The Boychuk penalty was a clearly interference. Bournival chipped the puck past Boychuk, had a clear lane to go and retrieve the puck, and was hauled down by Boychuk. I don’t know how you can argue that call, Bruins fan.

      And Prust will probably be suspended now, considering the injury news for Stepan. OOOOOHHHH you got your wish! The big bad Prust is gonna miss a couple of games! Stepan and Brassard aren’t worth 1/10 of what Price means to the Habs…so from the Habs fanbase, none of us give a s*** about this situation. Payback, eye for an eye, whatever it may be. Quit whining bud.

      • jkay1818 - May 23, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        if i said it once, i have said it 1000 times. Stop whining about Price, blame emelin. If he wasn’t in quick sand that entire game and didn’t whack at his legs, this wouldn’t have happened.

      • charlie24zz - May 23, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        Kreider was barely touched man. And no, this isn’t just me with my “rose-coloured glasses”…you have to be an imbecile to deny that nothing about Kreider skating into Price was unintentional.

      • thesportsjudge - May 23, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        So let’s just say Stepan and Brassard are worth 1% to the Rangers, Price is worth 10% to the Habs? Seems about right for the value of Price. Now, Stepan and Brassard ARE worth more than the 1%.

        Personally, I think Montreal will trade Price, now that they have seen they have a REAL goaltender in Tokarski.

  14. njadvocate111 - May 23, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    @rdk, why didnt Prust use a snow plow to avoid the late hit? Maybe he could have used the Pizza Stop! Please include your best “your mom” joke in your response, as they really shine light on the “superior intelligence” of your fan base.

    • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Good one! <3

      • njadvocate111 - May 23, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        Thank you for personifying the spineless and arrogant nature that is the Montreal Canadians. BTW, there is no u in the world color, we stopped taking poundings from England centuries ago.

      • bmy0913 - May 23, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        I thought so.

      • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        Ok relax, don’t get your panties in a bunch. Pizza Stop is the best thing since Jerk Store. You win. thumbs-up

  15. xdj511 - May 23, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    I hope Prust gets suspended for the rest of this series. I said it after game 1 that the Habs main focus would be to take out as many Rangers as possible. The fact that they actually managed to win game 3 is amazing. Now with the Rangers top 2 centers out they probably feel they are on equal ground for that mean nasty Kreider letting Emelin trip him into the goalie.

    • holymakinaw - May 23, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      no no, we aren’t finished…how many centers you got left?? We’re comin and comin hard…now wipe those tears and make another bright post about how the Habs have every @#$%$# ref in their back pockets, I love those….whinin bunch of losers who, throughout history have tried to buy their way to the cup…. sadsacks I tell ya…..

      • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 3:46 PM


    • habs9 - May 23, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      no actually we’d be satisfied if it was Lundqvist so centers arent quite enough (wait for it)….

  16. montrealbbr - May 23, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Its called karma! And its what you get for being a dirty team. I only wish it happened to that scumbag Kreider!

    • nebbah306 - May 23, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      MTL fans need to take the blinders off. Rangers were the 8th least penalized team in the regular season…The Canadiens? 26th.

      • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        So you’re saying that the ref have clearly favored the Rangers all season? Good to know.

      • nebbah306 - May 23, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        nah RDK, the Rangers are playing btwn the whistles, as they correctly pointed out during the telecast on NBCSN last night. AV learned from his mistakes in Vancouver about being a hated team, and has the Rangers playing a clean game.

      • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        So it’s just a coincidence that AV is employing known a known biter?

      • habs9 - May 23, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        hahaha well this is new, according to the Bruins fans we get all the power plays but now according to you we’re the ones getting all the penalties… its getting confusing lol

    • boisehockeyref - May 23, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      You are an absolute moron! So it’s totally ok for your precious Prust to break peoples jaws, and Subban to nearly break a stick over St. Louis leg AND slew foot another… You sir…have obviously never played, reffed, or had anything to do with hockey…and if so, does your parents still tie your double runners for you?

  17. brandotho - May 23, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    The Habs are completely butthurt over their delusion that Kreider meant to take out Price, that they resort to garbage like this. It’s a shame they got a gift from God last night from the horrendous officiating and the hilarious puck luck they got.

    • charlie24zz - May 23, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Habs scored the only legitimate goal last night. Seems like the Rags got all the puck luck!

      • jkay1818 - May 23, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        Your legitimate goal came with 6 skaters on the ice. Same as game 1 where you had 6 skaters on the ice.

      • brandotho - May 23, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        Markov scored with too many men on the ice with no call (that’s the second time the Habs have done that this series). The second goal deflected off of McDonagh, and the winner was a lucky bounce. Hagelin had all day to score that goal and he and St. Louis could have had two apiece.

      • charlie24zz - May 23, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        Oh well

      • charlie24zz - May 23, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        I really don’t see how there were 6 players on the ice for the Markov goal. I just watched the replay a bunch, I think you’re just upset

  18. isphet71 - May 23, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Wakey Wakey Stepan.

    • jkay1818 - May 23, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      he doesn’t have a concussion, putz.

  19. punksinplay - May 23, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    At least Kreider was trying to score a goal. Prust was only trying to injure an opposing player…

  20. nicknyhc - May 23, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    I believe Montreal has scored a total of 5 goals in this series? 2 of them were with 6 men on the ice and should have been penalties.

    How exactly does Stepan’s jaw break if he wasn’t hit in the head or face? Hmmm.

    I can’t believe how DELUSIONAL Montreal fans are to think that Kreider took some malicious cheap shot at Price, but Prust’s hit on Stepan was legal.

    I never had any problem with the Habs. Never thought badly of their team or fan base…..but wow. This is unreal.

    • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      I remember when NYC used to be cool… sigh

    • thesportsjudge - May 23, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      Really Nick? NEVER had a problem with Habs/fans?

  21. canadatude - May 23, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Follow the hit on Stephan down to the other end of the ice at the end of the play. You see Nash doing the kamikaze Krieder, skates first through the crease, dive at the goalie. Only this time he missed.

    • rdk - May 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      “Well if the refs had done their job and blown the play dead because of the injured player, Nash wouldn’t have been in a position to do that.” – Alain Vigneault

  22. charlie24zz - May 23, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    “BrianWilde ‏@BWildeCTV 12m
    Word from NY media that Stepan may play Sunday after a broken jaw operation. Wow. This is not how I remember a broken jaw.”

    HA! What a joke…if he does come back to play sunday I hope his face gets smashed by a straight-right from PK

    • theskinsman - May 23, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      How can PK hit anyone when he’s busy kissing the ice anytime someone shakes off the gloves.What a team of gutless cowards.

    • infectorman - May 23, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      Right because PK Subban is the only player in the NHL that is ALLOWED to continually punch the opposing players to move them off the puck.

      • charlie24zz - May 23, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        Oh don’t hate…Hate on Vigneault and the whining Rags for this media maelstrom

    • thesportsjudge - May 23, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      How can he throw a punch when he is ALWAYS turtling?

    • 7mantel - May 23, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      Try saying something intelligent you might like it !!

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