The Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Rangers, 3-2 in overtime, Thursday night, in what was a tightly-contested Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, but even though the game was arguably the best one played in the series to date, there’s one play that everybody will be talking about.
In a play dangerously reminiscent of Matt Cooke’s blow to Marc Savard, Montreal forward Brandon Prust, a former Ranger, laid out New York’s Derek Stepan in the first period Thursday night. The play went unpenalized.
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As if that weren’t ugly enough, New York’s Daniel Carcillo found himself levied with a game misconduct after he made contact with a referee.
That fight, of course, was sparked by the Prust hit in the first place, but after Carcillo caught Scott Driscoll with an elbow to the face, he is likely looking at a suspension. Prust could skate in Game 4 though. NHL director of player safety Stephane Quintal said the league would review it.
“The main focus is my head. It’s a shoulder and there’s a lunge there,” Stepan. “We can pick it apart all we want, but at the end of the day we have bigger things on our plate.
“I can sit here and pick apart the hit. I personally think it’s late and the main contact was (with) my face. At the end of the day, we’re focused on Game 4.”
As for a possible suspension for Prust?
“I’m not concerned at all,” Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien said.
The Rangers still lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1.