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Rangers' Derek Stepan possible for Game 5 despite broken jaw

Derek Stepan has 11 points for the Rangers in this year's playoffs. (Elsa/Getty Images) Derek Stepan has 11 points for the Rangers in this year's playoffs. (Elsa/Getty Images)

New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan may be able to join the team for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals despite having his jaw broken in Game 3, according to NHL.com's Arpon Basu.

Stepan sat out Game 4 after a hit from Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust forced him to get emergency surgery and earned Prust a two-game suspension. The Rangers forward was well enough to travel with the team to Montreal for what could be a series-deciding Game 5. New York leads the Canadiens 3-1.

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Rangers' coach Alain Vigneault said Stepan would need to wear extra facial protection if he is to play, and The New York Times reports that Stepan took to the ice with a full plexiglass mask on his helmet during practice Tuesday.
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