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Derek Stepan Says Brandon Prust Hit Was To His Head

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Somehow, Prust escaped without a penalty. Heaven only knows. The winger is not a dirty player, we know that from his time here. He is a hard one, and an honest one, but as the NHL Department of Player Safety reviews the open ice hit on Friday as it must, the people running the show will note that Prust has a playoff history he earned as a Ranger, suspended as he was for one game — Game 4 of the 2012 Eastern finals against the Devils for an elbow to the head of New Jersey defenseman Anton Volchenkov.

Stepan, who missed a couple of shifts but returned to the fray after having his head examined, left no doubt after the match he believes the league should enact supplementary discipline against his one-time teammate.

“It doesn’t matter [who it was]; it’s a bad hit,” Stepan said after the OT that ended in stunningly quick fashion when a rebound bounced in off Alex Galchenyuk at 1:12. “I certainly hope the league will look at it.

“I never saw [Prust]. I got the puck and I moved it. I even got some strides in,” Stepan said. “I never saw him.

“It might have been with his shoulder, but he made contact with my face. The main focus is my head.”


Watch the hit below...

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That hit was extraordinarily, ridiculously late, but if there was head contact I wouldn’t say it was the “main focus” at all.

Still, who does he think he is making that kind of late and completely unnecessary hit, Justin Abdelkader?

Posted by Garth on 05/23/14 at 08:19 AM ET

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