NHL to hold hearing on Brandon Prust hit, Derek Stepan has surgery on broken jaw
Montreal Canadiens' Brandon Prust yells after fighting during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the New York Rangers, Thursday, May 22, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, May 23, 2014 1:00PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, May 23, 2014 1:34PM EDT
NEW YORK -- Rangers forward Derek Stepan, laid out by a blindside hit from Montreal's Brandon Prust, has a broken jaw that required surgery Friday.
New York coach Alain Vigneault provided the injury update the morning after his team's 3-2 overtime loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final.
The NHL has scheduled a hearing for Friday into Prust's hit.
The Canadiens forward blindsided Stepan with a late shoulder hit, leaving him lying face down on the ice about three minutes into Thursday's game. There was no penalty on the play and Stepan returned to the ice later in the period after going to the dressing room.
"We looked at it," Vigneault, speaking after the game, said of the hit. "The referees missed it."
A team spokesman said X-rays after the game were negative. But Stepan was in pain and saw a specialist Friday, when further tests detected the broken jaw.
Vigneault said he would know more about Stepan's condition after the surgery.
New York leads the series to two games to one.
The Prust hearing was announced on Twitter by the NHL department of player safety.