NEW YORK, N.Y. - Rangers forward Derek Stepan has a broken jaw and is undergoing surgery following a hit by Montreal's Brandon Prust during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault made the surprising announcement Friday on the first of two off days in the series New York leads 2-1. Prust wasn't penalized in the first period of Montreal's 3-2 overtime win Thursday night, but he faces an NHL hearing Friday and a possible suspension.
Stepan had X-rays Thursday night that were negative, and he returned to the game. He was in pain after the game and on Friday morning.
Further tests after a visit to a specialist revealed the fracture. Vigneault says his playing status for the rest of the series will be determined after surgery.
Yeah, it was a pretty special moment for me. Today was my Dad's [55th] birthday. I have a lot of family in town, so it was a special moment for me to score my first one today. A win definitely would have capped it off, but you can't have everything.
— Sabres rookie Jack Eichel after scoring a goal in his National Hockey League debut
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