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Brandon Prust of Montreal Canadiens faces NHL hearing for Stepan hit


By Allan Muir

There's no telling how the four men wearing stripes managed to miss Brandon Prust's late hit on Derek Stepan in Game 3 of the Canadiens-Rangers series on Thursday night, but his transgression did not go unnoticed.

The league confirmed that the Montreal forward faces a 4 p.m. hearing Friday with the Department of Player Safety to explain both his poor sense of timing and general disregard for the health of well-being of Stepan.

Interestingly, the meeting will be conducted over the phone and not in-person at league headquarters. That means we're looking at a suspension of a game or two, max.

There's no word yet on another possible suspension arising from the feisty contest at Madison Square Garden. New York's Daniel Carcillo faces a lengthy ban for making inappropriate contact with an official in the wake of a first-period skirmish. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said after the game that he doesn't believe that incident would have happened if the referees had called a penalty on Prust, but that's probably not going to carry a whole lot of weight with the DOPS. Carcillo could be gone for as many as 20 games, depending on how the league classifies his contact with the linesman.

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