NEW YORK, N.Y. - The NHL is holding a hearing Friday into Brandon Prust's hit on New York forward Derek Stepan in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final.
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," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said of the hit. "The referees missed it."
Montreal won 3-2 in overtime to cut New York's lead in the series to two games to one.
The Prust hearing was announced on Twitter by the NHL department of player safety.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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