Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust has been suspended two games for interference with New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan.
During Game 3 of the teams’ Eastern Conference Final series in New York on Thursday, Prust hit Stepan in the first period. Stepan left the game and had X-rays taken. Stepan returned to the ice and played 24 shifts totaling 17:46.
But on Friday morning, Stepan learned that he had a broken jaw and would need surgery.
Prust was not penalized during the game for the hit.
“That incident, four referees missed the call. Stepan is injured. The same player [Prust] that called the hit on Price ‘accidental but on purpose’ — late hit, everything you want to get out of the game, that was his hit on Stepan,” Vigneault said. “What’s saddens me about that hit is if the call is made on the ice, we’re on a five minute power play and what happened to Dan Carcillo — and what Dan did is inexcusable, and he’s going to pay a big price for it — but if the call is made on the ice, he’s not put in that position. So it’s unfortunate.”
Carcillo has been suspended 10 games for making physical contact with an official.