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Briere dislikes McDonagh’s stick work, calls Stepan injury ‘fishy’

May 24, 2014, 2:55 PM EDT

Daniel Briere AP

Remember earlier when we talked about the war of words between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers was growing louder? Apparently we spoke too soon.

Following practice at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon, Habs forward Daniel Briere aired some grievances with the Rangers on a few of the hot-button topics of the series.

On the broken jaw injury to Rangers forward Derek Stepan that occurred when he was crushed by a late hit from Habs forward Brandon Prust, Briere said:

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said earlier today he doubted Stepan would play in Sunday’s Game 4 because he was still in the hospital recovering from surgery to put a plate in his jaw.

Brendan Gallagher added his own two cents on Stepan saying:

On playing against defenseman Ryan McDonagh he delivered a bit of a backhanded compliment.

Maybe a couple days off between games for these teams was enough to really get the hype machine going for Game 4 on Sunday night.

  1. gallyhatch - May 24, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    These guys must have been consulting Dr. Recchi.

    • habs9 - May 25, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      Dr. Recchi is pro Bruins, we prefer to go to Dr. McGuire for these types of things

  2. zinger99 - May 24, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Sounds like the Habs watch Fox News.

    • drewzducks - May 24, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      I think you meant to say PMSNBC or Russian State TV, same thing.

  3. 7mantel - May 24, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Briere I guess never watched game tapes of his stick work .What a little hypocrite !

  4. sixchr - May 24, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    How does Briere feel about Subban skating around swinging his stick like baseball bat?

  5. 7mantel - May 24, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Comments like those of the Habs is why teams disrespect them ! Your coach got his revenge now just go out and play and shut up !

    • joey4id - May 24, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      I agree it’s too much and it’s time to zip it. What do you mean by the coach got his revenge? If you’re referring to knocking Stepan out of the line up for Price, then I would think that it’s a lob sided trade off. Revenge, as you suggested, would have been knocking out Lundqvist.

      • 7mantel - May 24, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        Taking out Lundqvist would have been too obvious,don’t you think ?

      • joey4id - May 24, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        1-it would have been wrong
        2-so what if it would have been obvious
        3-he’s being accused of exacting revenge anyway

      • 7mantel - May 24, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        The heat he would get from the league ,other coaches and the press would be incredible ! You played so you know the coach does not to come right out and say it he only has to imply it !

      • joey4id - May 24, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        Exactly my point. So, we can’t qualify what happened to Stepan as exacting revenge. How many body checks gone bad have we seen this year? It wasn’t a direct headshot, otherwise he would have gotten suspended for more games. Before they knew Stepan suffered an injury the NHL was going to give him only one game.

        Bottom line I agree with the 2 game suspension, and the no suspension on Kreider.

        That being said the league has to come up with rules to force the players to be more careful. They’ve got to do a better job to protect the goalies.

      • 7mantel - May 24, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        Brandon Prust gains respect from his coach and teammates which he feels is worth a few the games he will get on acting out on Therriens suggestion. Prust’s mistake was his remarks to the press prior to the game.I am a Prust fan because he always took on other tough players head to head, thats why Stepan a skilled player was an intended target .

      • joey4id - May 24, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        Stretching……………………………………….. making a case because your a Rangers’ fan. Funny how you can accuse a Montreal player of taking out a Ranger but can’t even entertain the idea of Kreider accidentally on purpose running into the Kreider. You know, it’s not the first time Kreider does this. Ran into Fleury in the previous round…. We’ll have to agree to disagree.

      • 7mantel - May 24, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        There was nothing to argue with you about the Kreiger hit ,I commented on the Prust/Stepan play and how I felt it premeditated .

      • joey4id - May 24, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        Are you saying finishing his check was premeditated or breaking Stepan’s jaw was premeditated? Like he planned to go out and break a guys jaw with his shoulder on a late hit. Can you prove it was premeditated?

      • 7mantel - May 24, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        I said it was my feeling just like you make statements about Americans and guns ,remember ?

      • jslgr - May 24, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        I am beyond disgusted by the claims that Krieder ran Price. There is crystal clear evidence online – a photo clear as day – of Emelin bending his damn stick across Krieder’s skates. He took his legs out from under him. For the jag suggesting how Krieder should have stopped, you try stopping when you have your legs taken out from under you. It should have been a penalty shot. Canadiens fans are as disgusting as we were told they were. Therrien said it was clean until it was more effective for his team to claim that it wasn’t clean. The Canadiens’ behavior has been predictable and cynical. Which is disgusting.

      • jslgr - May 24, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        Why on Earth would anyone want to knock out Fleury? That’s got to be the dumbest thing I’ve read in a while.

  6. rcc1943 - May 24, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Prust was suspended for 2 games for interference . I have never seen a player suspended for Interference that is an on ice 2 minute penalty how the heck did get suspended for 2 games.From what I saw Prust hit Stepan with his shoulder and Stepans head snapped back and hit Prusts head.So as far as I am concerned there should be no penalty period.

    • flyerspsu - May 24, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      it was late, blindside and he did catch the jaw, definitely wasnt legal

    • joey4id - May 24, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Ok. You’re a Habs fan. Right? And a blind one at that. You’re as loss as some of the Rangers fanatics who don’t believe Kreider may have purposely run into Price.
      Prust was suspended because;
      1-intercerence/late hit
      2-caused an injury
      3-Prust is a repeat offender

      what are you missing?

    • stakex - May 24, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Several players have been suspended over the last few years in which the call on the ice was interference. Any play can result in a suspension depending on the severity of it. Also, its not always just a 2 minute call…. from the rulebook:

      56.4 Major Penalty – The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a major penalty, based on the degree of violence, to a player guilty of interfering with an opponent (see 56.5).

      56.5 Game Misconduct Penalty – When a major penalty is imposed under this rule for a foul resulting in an injury of an opponent, a game misconduct shall be imposed.

  7. billiam55 - May 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    so much complaining wow.

  8. johnnyd1956 - May 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Montreal fans still talk as if they invented hockey. I am so disappointed in their lack of class.

    • joey4id - May 24, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      Hahahaha! Because other team’s fans have shown so much more class…. When has class and fanatics ever gone hand in hand? Do you read every article and comments or only the ones pertaining to your favorite team?

      fanatics: marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion

    • 7mantel - May 24, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      Have not read a story on PHT that someone has not posted a ridiculous remark !

  9. bdkite - May 24, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    If you think Habs fans are annoying here, try living around them…most know nothing, if they had their way, Price and Subban wouldn’t even be on the team, they would have Lecavalier and Halak.

  10. mzim2756 - May 24, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    How can the injury be fishy if he had surgery, do they need to show him the medical records

  11. zinger99 - May 24, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Tell a Habs fan they’ve won 23 Cups,not 24. First one was pre-NHL. Put an asterisk next to the first one. Drives them nuts!

    • joey4id - May 24, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      zinger, you have no idea what your talking about. Since 1926 Montreal has won the cup 24 times. The NHL was founded on November 26, 1917 (97 years), and the inaugural season was 1917-1918. Where does the * go exactly?

  12. bighossa - May 24, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Briere is just lucky the Habs made the playoffs or else he would be trying out it another new team a lot sooner than he’s going to be once they get eliminated. #washedup Go hawks.

  13. punksinplay - May 24, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Briere is a dope.

  14. stakex - May 24, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Notice that you don’t see many headline making statements from Rangers players? That’s because they win, they don’t whine. Can’t wait till we have to listen to all of Montreal cry about how they would have gone all the way if Price wasn’t injured.

    • joey4id - May 24, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      Indeed. Rangers’ fans make up for the lack of whining by the players.

  15. bills4 - May 24, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Joeyid4, you comment on ever sport like you played them all for years. Get a life, grab a beer, and just shut up and watch the game. Your commentary is beyond ridiculous!

    • joey4id - May 24, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      hahahaha! Game hasn’t started yet. Do you mean ridiculous as in;

      “Joeyid4, you comment on ever sport like you played them all for years. Get a life, grab a beer, and just shut up and watch the game. Your commentary is beyond ridiculous!”

  16. bigblueapple - May 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    All the Rangers fans are losing their composure over press quotes better hope the team doesn’t react the same way tomorrow or the Habs will have accomplished their mission.

  17. r8rbhawk - May 24, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    This is turning into as good a rivalry as Bruins/Habs

    • 19to77 - May 24, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      I’d have sooner compared it to the celebrity whining contest between Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton.

  18. zinger99 - May 24, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Hey joey4id,do your homework. Montreal has won 23 Cups since 1924. Their first Cup was 1916-BEFORE the NHL’s first season. 1916*

    • bigblueapple - May 24, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      Hey bozo, was it called the Stanley Cup? Cause in the sentence “The Canadiens have won 24 Stanley Cups.” there is no mention of the NHL. Weak attempt at trolling, back under the bridge you go. Better luck next time.

  19. zinger99 - May 24, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Ya that’s it joey4id, just stay silent…

    • joey4id - May 25, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      Relax! Contrary to popular belief I do have a life, and don’t live on PHT.

      You’re absolutely correct. My bad for my math. Their 1916 cup was in the NHA. Still 24 cups though.

  20. zinger99 - May 24, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Hey bigblue,Habs first Cup prior to formation of the NHL. 23 Cups in NHL. Why do you have so much trouble grasping that fact! Do you read? Read and learn,my friend.

    • bigblueapple - May 24, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      This post has nothing to do with any of that. I’ve never even heard anyone mention or dispute this. It’s irrelevant, just like you and your pointless post on this thread.

      If anything it goes to show you how storied the Habs are, literally winning Cups prior to the league’s existence. How or why would that even irk anyone? Go away.

    • dueman - May 24, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      zinger, you wrote “Tell a Habs fan they’ve won 23 Cups,not 24. First one was pre-NHL. Put an asterisk next to the first one. Drives them nuts!”……..It’s funny that not a single Habs fan said anything back to you, but it seems you’re the one tripping out! lol

  21. mackattack29 - May 24, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    ha Mcdonagh the lumber jack and Stepan is totally not injured. The rags are just on the rag… lol soooo butthurt.

  22. 19to77 - May 24, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Gee, I wonder how long Briere would be out if he needed a plate surgically inserted into his broken jaw. Tough talk from the tiniest coward on a team full of them.

  23. zinger99 - May 24, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Uh,you disputed it! Go work on your attention deficit disorder.

  24. bleedrangerblue - May 24, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Briere spoke up !! Wow that’s his first impact This whole post season. The guys washed up.

    • bigblueapple - May 24, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      Watch more hockey.

    • 19to77 - May 24, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      Riiight. 3 goals and 7 points in 11 games and he hasn’t had an impact. Tell me more about how clutch Rick Nash has been.

      • pepper2011 - May 25, 2014 at 7:18 PM

        He is washed up. Two of his goals were bad passes that deflected in.

  25. zinger99 - May 24, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Learn to read bigblue. It’ll keep you from talking stupid.

  26. zinger99 - May 24, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    No I’m not tripping out. I’ve gotten into it with Habs fans for fun arguments at games. Just a lighthearted debate,that’s all. lol

  27. smarshall3789 - May 24, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Danny B better shut up he’s the biggest puss cake around! Yeah let’s see someone hit you 10 seconds late right in the face and see if you get up! Dirty hit by a dirty player and no one sees it what a joke. Prust if I was on the Rangers you’d be eating my fist every game and I wouldn’t stop I would cheap shot punch you I’m the face late like your hit!

    • 19to77 - May 25, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      Uh. Ten seconds? How stoned were you when you watched the game, dude?

      Also, no-one likes an Internet tough guy, and I’m pretty sure Prust doesn’t post on these boards.

  28. arrow43050 - May 25, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    I’m just wondering…how is a broken jaw fishy? Did he somehow think that he went in the locker room and had the trainer break his jaw there just to get Prust suspended? Did the jaw break itself somehow only after no penalty was called? IT’S A BROKEN JAW. It got broken by being hit very hard. In the NHL

    direct blow to jaw = bad

    well, as long as there’s proof anyway

  29. bigblueapple - May 25, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    Nothing to see here. Habs want more stick work called on McDonagh, so they are bringing it up publicly. Teams do this ALL the time. Briere is a veteran, he knows what he’s doing with his well-crafted backhanded compliment. He’s calling attention to something in an attempt to gain an advantage. Judging by how much this is going around, he did a good job.

  30. emmaabby - May 25, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Uh? 10 seconds late ? If you can count to 10 see how long that is in a fast game! And I bet that Prust is really frightened next time he plays against you

  31. djshnooks - May 25, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Rangers fans butt-hurt that they got Drury way back when, instead of Briere! Lol.

    I’d take Danny over any Ranger…he is the most clutch playoff performer ever.

    And one hell of a captain.

    (Again, I hate Montreal. Lol)

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