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Gamesmanship grows in Eastern final as Rangers coaches watch Habs practise

Saturday, 05.24.2014 / 12:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Gamesmanship grows in Eastern final as Rangers coaches watch Habs practise

NEW YORK, N.Y. - With Derek Stepan recovering from surgery and Dan Carcillo suspended, the New York Rangers got some good news Saturday with word that Derick Brassard is healthy for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final with Montreal.

The Rangers centre left early in Game 1 after being checked by Canadiens defenceman Mike Weaver and has not played since.

Brassard told reporters after practice that he was good to go from what was termed an upper body injury.

As for Stepan, coach Alain Vigneault says he was in hospital recovering from surgery to repair a broken jaw. Montreal forward Brandon Prust was suspended for two games by the league for the blindside hit.

Carcillo, meanwhile, was suspended 10 games for jostling a linesman in the aftermath of the Prust hit.

Game 4 is Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers lead the series two games to one.

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