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Prust ‘feels awful’ for hit on his ‘friend’ Stepan

May 24, 2014, 4:38 PM EST

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There’s been enough said already about Brandon Prust‘s hit that broke the jaw of Rangers forward Derek Stepan. What’s lost sometimes is that the two were teammates in New York and friends.

So just how did Prust approach Stepan following what happened? Via text, of course, and as Prust told reporters following Canadiens practice this afternoon, he’s hoping his friend is all right.

“I told him I feel awful,” Prust said. “I didn’t want to injure anybody, especially a friend of mine. I told him exactly what I told you guys. It was my first shift. I’m just trying to create some body contact. I feel awful. You never want to hurt anybody, and I hope he recovers well.”

Stepan is doubtful to play in Game 4 as Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said he was still in the hospital this morning recovering from jaw surgery. He reportedly needed a plate inserted into his jaw to help with the break.

As for whether he knew he’d be suspended or not because of the hit, the injury changed his opinion.

“Yeah, you know, if there’s no injury, I was thinking — I was thinking no games,” Prust said. “Once I heard that he had a broken jaw, I was thinking  one, maybe two games. Yeah, once I heard about the injury, even when I looked at the hit after the game, I wanted to see the hit, and the timing never really came into mind. I was looking at the contact.”

Prust received a two-game suspension for his hit on Stepan and will be eligible to return in Game 6 if it’s necessary.

  1. mactruck27 - May 24, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Dick.

    • packerswin96 - May 24, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      No, Brandon!

  2. lowenni - May 24, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Maybe this will shut up all the Canadiens saying that it was a clean and legal hit…if the man himself is deeply remorseful and regretful of the hit then clearly it was over the line. I was defending the Canadiens earlier in the playoffs but now the self-appointed Kings of the Unrespected Underdogs can shove it, frankly

    • joey4id - May 24, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      And shut up all who thought this was a premeditated hit.

      • 19to77 - May 24, 2014 at 6:14 PM

        He was meditating on it since game one. I’d say something like “You’re stupid to think otherwise,” but that’s not much of an original observation at this point, is it? Someone kindly reminds you basically every time you post.

    • thesportsjudge - May 24, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      Nothing will ever shut up the Montreal fans, except a loss of course, then they are nowhere to be found.

      • dolphincult - May 24, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        suck my dick sports judge. We are in here taking our heat on a regular basis

      • thesportsjudge - May 24, 2014 at 11:29 PM

        Anger management classes….look into them. You have issues.

    • habs9 - May 25, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      so tell me, Does Dan Carcillo represent the entirety of the Rangers organization?
      or are you just being a hypocrite….because apparently Brandon Prust IS the montreal Canadiens right?

      smh…look we really could care less if you’re off the bandwagon, simply means you were never a true fan.

  3. stakex - May 24, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Hey…. at least he’s not questioning if Stepan is even injured or not.

  4. nysportsrule - May 24, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    I’m not as angry with Prust as I am with the referees. I know this wasn’t premeditated, I watched Prust for years as a blueshirt. The fact that the ref was looking right at it and failed to make a call that my grandmother could make is absolute crap.

  5. 950003cups - May 24, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Hey, it’s hockey. I’m sure he never expected to actually break his jaw. But he sure intended to lay him out. It was a low hit. I still can’t see how Stepan’s jaw broke. It must’ve slammed down on Prust’s shoulder armor.

  6. garybrian - May 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    He feels awful and that Leafs will win the Stanley Cup next year. Both statements are full of crap, right?

  7. djshnooks - May 25, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Didn’t happen soon enough.

    Should have happened in game 1…right after Prust’s goalie got ran and taken out.

    Now give it to Richards and Nash.

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