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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