Rangers’ Stepan has broken jaw; Habs’ Prust suspended two games

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien gave his players the day off in New York Friday after Thursday night’s 3-2 overtime victory over the Rangers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers lead the series 2-1.

Brandon Prust had a phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Friday afternoon for his hit on Derek Stepan during the first period of Game 3. No penalty was called on the late hit and Stepan left the game briefly before returning.

On Friday morning, the Rangers announced that Stepan suffered a broken jaw and just after 5 p.m. the NHL announced that Prust has been suspended for two games.

“What elevates this hit to merit supplemental discipline is its extreme lateness and the significant head contact that results from the way it is delivered,” the NHL said in a video ruling.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault met with the media in New York Friday morning and revealed that Stepan had a broken jaw as a result of the hit from Prust.

“Step right now, at this time, is probably getting operated on,” Vigneault said. “He broke his jaw yesterday, so we’ll have an idea of the time frame tomorrow.”

The NHL also announced on Friday that Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo has been automatically suspended for 10 games after being assessed a game misconduct in Game 3 for making physical contact with linesman Scott Driscoll while being escorted to the penalty box.

Vigneault was asked about emotions heating up in the series.

“I think as games progress in series the competitive nature of players and coaches comes out,” the coach said. “Obviously, every game has their moments. Every game has their incidents where sometimes blood can boil on one side or the other.

“Yesterday there was an incident where Prust hit Stepan. That incident obviously – four referees missed the call. Stepan is injured. The same player (Prust) that called the hit on (Carey) Price ‘accidental but on purpose’ – late hit, everything that you want to get out of the game, that was his hit on Stepan.

“And what saddens me about that hit is if the call is made on the ice we’re on a five-minute power play and what happened to Dan Carcillo – and what Dan did is inexcusable and he’s going to pay a big price for it – but if the call is made on the ice, he’s not put in that position.”

You can listen to audio of Vigneault’s press conference by clicking here.

Therrien met with the media at the Canadiens’ New York hotel Friday afternoon and commented on Stepan’s broken jaw before the NHL had announced Prust’s suspension.

“If anybody knows what it’s like to lose a player, it’s us,” Therrien said. “We lost Carey Price in the first game of the series because of that hit by (Chris) Kreider and we felt frustrated at the time. We’re still frustrated to lose our  No. 1 goalie.”

Therrien added about Prust: “His intention was not to hurt him, and Kreider – even if he was going hard to the net – I think his intention was not to hurt Carey Price and, honestly, Brandon Prust was trying to finish his check.”

David Desharnais was one of three Canadiens players made available to the media Friday – along with Lars Eller and Tomas Plekanec – and was asked about Prust’s hit.

“With that hit (Prust) set the tone, and they’re not happy about it, but you set the tone for the game and it creates a rivalry right there,” Desharnais said.

Said Plekanec: “You don’t want to see guys getting hurt. It’s part of hockey, and with Price, the same thing happened to us. It’s unfortunate. You don’t want to see that, but it happens.”

Eller was asked how long it takes to create a rivalry with another team.

“That’s something we talked about before this series,” he said. “Naturally, maybe there is not that rivalry or that hatred for each other the same way that we have with Boston. You have to hate them, yeah, you have to hate them. It shouldn’t be hard to get motivation for the conference final, but it is a little different. There is no problem getting motivation now.”

You can listen to audio of Therrien’s Friday press conference by clicking here.

The Canadiens got some good news Friday when the NHL announced that Marc Bergevin is one of three finalists for the General Manager of the Year Award, along with Dean Lombardi of the Los Angeles Kings and Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks.

Game 4 is Sunday Night at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690). The Canadiens will open the Bell Centre for fans to watch the game on the giant screens, selling tickets for $10. For more information, click here.

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

(Videos by The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell)

NHL suspends Prust for two games, NHL.com

Habs, Rangers are really in a battle now, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

One victim apiece now in Rangers-Canadiens series, by The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs

Tokarski has given Habs hope, by Jack Todd for The Gazette

Bergevin a finalist for NHL’s GM award, by Pat Hickey

Playoff Notebook, Canadiens.com

Rangers’ Stepan out indefinitely with broken jaw, NHL.com

Galchenyuk breathes new life into Habs, by Pat Hickey

Rookie Tokarski saves the day for Canadiens, by Pat Hickey

Comeback OT victory was improbable, by The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs

Budding optimism drives Montreal’s resurgence, by Jack Todd for The Gazette

Rangers fans upbeat about team’s chances, by The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell

Canadiens climb back into series, NHL.com

Blueshirts drop Game 3, newyorkrangers.com

Rangers march to Stanley Cup turns wobbly, New York Times

Prust’s hit on Stepan heats up series, New York Post

Kreider’s heroics not enough for Rangers, New York Daily News

Game changer, canadiens.com

Jacques Demers offers tip for pregame speech, Stu on Sports blog

Former Habs great Robinson gets promotion with Sharks, Stu on Sports blog


  1. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …My previously described perplexing insomnia concern is even more so out-done by number 762

    …hypothetically … IF Tokarski leads Us to Stanley Cup número vienticinco

    …will that lead hockeyinsideout.com to become an untenably hostile environment between Carey Price inamoratas and HIO ‘tokers’ ?

  2. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …number 763 on the list of Things In This World That Keep Me From Sleeping At Night; …WHY ??? would any supposedly intelligent General Manager sign a player such as a Daniel Carcillo or Enrico Ciccone or Raffi Torres or Matt Cooke ???

    …WHAT ???’s the point ? …is it worth the drama ?

    …time-bombs waiting to explode ?

    …do You win with such players, and in spite of such players ?

    …or, am I missing something ?

  3. MontrealAtheist says:

    Personally I think Prust should have broken Lundqvist’s jaw instead … Isn’t that what the Bible teaches? Tooth for a tooth, eye for an eye!

    But I suppose Stepan is better than nothing and the message to the Rangers should be clear either way!

  4. FlyAngler says:

    Correct me if I am wrong, but the Habs certainly seemed to be more efficient at moving the puck out of their end with Weaver paired with Nate than with Weaver paired with Frankie. No question that Frankie is probably physically stronger and hits harder than Nate, but Nate has decent speed and what little speed Frankie had has long since disappeared. If Frankie plays, I will certainly wish him well, but quite frankly, I did not see anything in Nate’s game that justifies removing him from the lineup and I am reasonably confident that a week of rest is not going to somehow make Frankie a better pick than Nate.
    Sorry, but there is no way that Frankie makes that pass to Patches in game 6 against the Bruins. This also means that we are stuck with using either Gorges or Frankie on the second wave of the PP and Nate is already better than the two of them put together there. Oh well, maybe Frankie will crush somebody.

    “Gardez la Foi! Keep the Faith!”

  5. Strummer says:

    Habs need to keep playing physical. They got to Chara in the last series. It also turns out Lucic was injured in game 7.

    “Lucic had surgery to repair his left wrist, which he injured in Game 7 against Montreal. Lucic said a week ago that he got it caught and jammed it in the first period of that game. He hoped it was just a sprain — he wore a brace on breakup day — but the injury required surgery.”

    “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

  6. King Doughty says:

    Aint nothing like LA and the United States of Merica.

    Habies get classy Genny Reno to sing and the Kings get Slash to do the anthem tonight.
    Too bad Hendricks wasnt alive. He would freak them all out if he did his Woodstock national anthem then for a little fun jump into Purple Haze.
    For all you younguns that were a twinke in your daddys eyes back in 1969 Woodstock days

    • Strummer says:

      It’s spelled Hendrix.
      Edit- For all the references you made to him you couldn’t get that right?

      “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

      • King Doughty says:

        ok spelling bee professor

        edit – smoking kills brain cells poster boy

        • Mike D says:

          I think Strummer’s point was that if you claim to be a fan of someone (or call out younger guys who weren’t around when Jimi was doing his thing), then you should at least know how to spell his name. More so for a cultural icon like he was. It’s not like he gave you a hard time over a random typo, so no need for your “Professor” retort.

          Keep in mind the poster goes by Strummer….slang for a guitar player who I can only assume has a lot of respect for Mr. Hendrix’s talent.

          – Honestly yours
          Twitter: @de_benny

          • King Doughty says:

            Oh I get it. Like maybe I had someone else on my mind like Matt or Mike or Christina and do a spell mistake then get called out by a boychuck plus a edit to boot? Yea right. Why are you getting huffy puffy about professor? U one of them?

    • Huh says:

      What does this have to do with class?
      Regardless of your opinion, I think it’s safe to say that Slash has had a much more profound impact on music in recent history than Reno.
      Meh to you.

  7. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Stepan is now Bedpan to me. Think it will … um … stick? Hey … it’s no groanier than the Toker routine. 😉

    Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

  8. Mike D says:

    Nothing against Frankie at all and I think he will do fine for a couple games after some rest, BUT, I don’t agree with taking Nate out.

    CJ, I agree that Gorges is overpaid and Emelin is about to be overpaid if he doesn’t improve next season, but I thought Gorges has made some good defensive plays in the playoffs, especially in the last game. On the first goal against, he could very well have saved a goal by swatting the initial shot, but his slide into Tokarski may well have caused the goal since neither player could get up to stop the rebound. I partially blame the other Habs for not getting back fast enough to tie up the Rangers player.

    – Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

    • CJ says:

      Gorges makes some great defensive plays, no doubt. IMO, the first goal last game is a perfect illustration of Gorges. He made a great, desperate save, following a chance that he was responsible for.

      His inability to transition the puck, often forces him to have to make plays out of desperation diving to stop pucks. Nate doesn’t often have to do this, because he can either skate the puck out of trouble or moves it with poise and precision.

      It’s like the hits Gorges takes. Some might say he takes a hit for the team, or is very tough absorbing these blows, but the fact is, he gets hit because he places himself in defenceless positions.

      IMO, this is why the two shifts, during which Nate and Weaver struggled to exit the zone have come under such close scrutiny. In summary, it’s because it seldom happens. We are immune to Gorges, Emelin and Markov, because of the way they play. Again, we say great defensive play Josh, but if he would have just gotten the puck out the first time, then none of it would have been required. I equate it to a goalie who gives up big rebounds all night and is forced to make secondary saves, versus a goalie who gives up no secondary chances. At the end of the night, one might look more spectacular with the secondary saves, but it was his own doing.

      Just my two cents….

  9. Timo says:

    According to TSN Brossard is ready to return. Good thin Habs are dressing Bouillon to counter that threat. U

    • Strummer says:

      Frankie Boo is no shrinking violet.
      In his prime he could bench press more than any of teammates..
      And he can scrap if he has to.
      He’s just not as quick as he was.

      “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

  10. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Hey CJ. Read your reply and agree. Also, although we do look quite evenly matched so far, I would suggest that our A-Game beats theirs any time we can muster it — and that’s even without Price.

    But maybe I’m just being a fan.

    • CJ says:

      I’ve said the same. We are the better team. We just haven’t played a complete game yet. If Vanek, Gionta, Pleks and Markov get going, we could really turn this thing around in a hurry. Heck, even without them at 100%, we are making a go of this, albeit on the backs of great goaltending (game three) and our kids.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        If Vanek’s hand is hurting we better not hold our breath waiting for him to repeat his end-of-season form. Hand injuries for a creative player like him are extremely costly. Loved Markov’s wicked shot to score, loved him rubbing out and flipping Lucic. Even sporadic big plays help. Someone needs to hypnotise Pleks and tell him it’s November! Gionta… oh boy.

        • CJ says:

          Speaking of going, Gaborik has 9 goals and 6 assists this postseason.

          Speaking of not going, Gionta (gold), Vanek (silver), Pleks (bronze) are your medalists…. In the ineptitude Olympics.

    • Strummer says:

      We haven’t brought our “A” game yet. Losing Pricer knocked us off the rails and we are just starting to recover.
      PK seems to have lost the swagger he had in the Bruins series.
      I think that’s mostly due to the loss of soulmate Pricer.
      PK without swagger isn’t as effective (see Bruins).
      Let’s hope it’s back for tomorrow.

      “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

  11. CH Marshall says:

    Vigneault is just waiting for MT to ice Murray. St Louis would then be able to slate circles around the guy.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      WHat happened with the waitress? I know it’s Saturday, and feels like hnic, but there’s more than 24 hours to puck-drop. Come on! Tell!

      • CH Marshall says:

        Oh man. Some idiot didn’t settle his tab the night before and had walked out, which costs the waitresses money. Guy tried to do it again, but girls wouldn’t serve him. Told him to gtfo. One girl escorts him to the door where he just loses it, grabs her hair and pushes her into the wall. We all hear her scream so guys just jump out of their seats to get this guy. This short fat guy comes running and shouting “how dare you hit a woman!” and clocks him so hard he flew off the patio. Dust settled, and the guy lingers outside hoping to fight shorty. Cops show up and arrest the mofo. I was the one guy who actually saw him hit the waitress so gave a police statement. Don’t feel overly proud about it, and woulda rather avoid the situation. But what can ya do?

        • CH Marshall says:

          Welcome to RoFo land….

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          “What can you do”?
          What you did, man!
          Fair play. Sounds nasty. In Ireland, Shorty probably would have been booked as well. I hope the other mofo pays the price.
          (and btw, few of us know how to react immediately when a situation is so out of the ordinary. You always ends up cursing yourself after, but that’s harsh. Only James Bond and Steven Seagal are always spontaneously perfect!)

          • CH Marshall says:

            Yeah you know I was thinking afterwards yeah we’d engage the guy, but there’s an element of danger that’s kinda at the back of your mind. You don’t know what he’s gonna do. Yeah Shorty paid up and left in a hurry before cops got there. I think we all sorta couldn’t remember what Shorty did, ya know?

    • frontenac1 says:

      Who knows? We all have our own ideas. I will go with Mike and his team. Gotta dance with who brung ya. Saludos!

  12. Slackman says:

    Now i know I’m going to get run out of here by an angry-torch-and-pitchfork-weilding mob for saying this but here it goes.

    I don’t mind Bouillon. He’s a tough stay at home veteran D-man who knows when to pinch and when to clear the crease. He’s good for the small minutes he’s given and it’s an added bonus that he’s scored some very timely goals for us.

    He gets absolutely ravaged on these boards, but I don’t think he’s deserving of this level of criticism.

    Sure he makes mistakes, but who doesn’t??!

    “A Gypsy mutant industrial vacuum cleaner dances about a mysterious night time camp fire. Festoons. Dozens of imported castanets, clutched by the horrible suction of its heavy duty hose, waving with marginal erotic abandon in the midnight autumn air.”

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      But but but!
      To insert Bouillon is to imply that our D was not flawless in Game 3! Sharpening my pitch-fork now!

    • CJ says:

      You might be surprised, but I agree with everything you said. Everything.

      My issue is not Frankie, who I agree is serviceable, albeit in a limited role, on a rotational basis.

      My issue is that Nate is being pulled out of the lineup. If we are basing the decision on performance, I’d humbly suggest the guys who need to take a night off are either Emelin or Gorges. Sorry, I’m sure that stings a few here, but their play has not been good enough. Emelin was great, at times, against the Bruins, and was a no show other nights. He’s terribly inconsistent and his decision making is brutal. Add to this the fact that he’s not nearly quick enough unless he takes a great line or jumps a play, then the decision should be straightforward. My biggest concern is that he is about to enter the first of a four year $4 million extension.

      Gorges, as a number 5/6 at 18:00 minutes would be great. Much like Gionta, he can not play top line minutes. He’s a boat anchor attached to PK. I can’t think of another great team who pairs their number one with their number 6. Look, I’m going to cut it off there because the coach deserves a chance, earned on the back of results this spring.

      I simply don’t like pulling the kid again. Just my two cents… Cheers, CJ

      • Slackman says:

        I agree that Beaulieu should be in.

        Gorges is the stay at home D-man to Subban’s offensive bravado. I think every offensive Dman in that mold needs a guy to be a rock on D in case things go wrong.

        But fear not CJ, Beaulieu will be given his chance in the final. 😉

        Cheers bud, thanks for the response!

        “A Gypsy mutant industrial vacuum cleaner dances about a mysterious night time camp fire. Festoons. Dozens of imported castanets, clutched by the horrible suction of its heavy duty hose, waving with marginal erotic abandon in the midnight autumn air.”

        • CJ says:

          Good posts. Ideally you have a ying for your yang, but there are simply too many instances whereby Gorges does not cover for PK. Great example last game on the first goal.

          Going forward, I think he gets bumped to the 5/6 role.

          PK Tinordi
          Beaulieu Markov
          Emelin/Gorges Weaver

          Lastly, my fearless prediction; one of Gorges, Emelin, or Markov won’t finish next season in Montreal.

    • SPATS says:

      No pitchfork here. I really like Nate, what a set of wheels and I am surprised he was benched in the 3rd. I also like Frankie the Bull. He plays big and will be well rested and eager to validate his coach and mentors decision should he draw in.

      Having said that, who knows what’s going on in the Big Apple. Like the Mossad, perhaps MT is working by way of deception?

  13. King Doughty says:

    Whyz everyone gettin bent out a shape because Cubee is gonna play?
    Hey, he was going good in the playoffs for 6 games until the beasts from ClamChowder Town made the coach put in the tortoise Michelin Man.
    Cubee has 1 goal just like wee wittle Davey and Cubee is a big plus4.

    When Cubee plays too much he ends up suckin lemons and gets stale like 3 week old bread on the counter. He looks like he turns green too.
    Every time Cubee comes back from time off in the poutine box, the habies win.

    I have no choice with the Kings, but my heart is always with the Habs

  14. Slackman says:

    So is Desharnais playing his ass off or what? Are there any doubters left? He looks like a giant out there.

    “A Gypsy mutant industrial vacuum cleaner dances about a mysterious night time camp fire. Festoons. Dozens of imported castanets, clutched by the horrible suction of its heavy duty hose, waving with marginal erotic abandon in the midnight autumn air.”

  15. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Uke! (previous page)

    That all sounds good to hear.


  16. Slackman says:

    The Rags got hit hard in game 3, so they’ll play a checking game game 4 which we will circumvent with our outrageous speed. This is MT’s plan.

    “A Gypsy mutant industrial vacuum cleaner dances about a mysterious night time camp fire. Festoons. Dozens of imported castanets, clutched by the horrible suction of its heavy duty hose, waving with marginal erotic abandon in the midnight autumn air.”

    • frontenac1 says:

      So, back to the no-contact Finesse style that worked so well for games 1 and 2 ?

      • johnnylarue says:

        A lot of itchy scalps today, Front.

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Indeed, in which case H&S rather than Finesse is in order.

          • johnnylarue says:


          • frontenac1 says:

            No kidding. The big knock against Murray by the stats nerds was that we spent to much time in our zone. Like the last 3 games! Put him in! At least he will hurt people and swat Kreider back to the stone age. I like Bourny”s wheels but he has zero nasty and disruption. Put Whitey in and tell him”Go sick”em boy!”

          • Strummer says:

            Who’s tougher and as experienced as Bouillon at this point?
            And I mean among those who haven’t been healthy scratches for much of the playoffs.
            He’s not as fast as he was but still better on his feet and with the first pass than Murray. He can hit and he’s still strong as an ox.

            “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

      • Slackman says:

        Well not necessarily no-contact… It’s just our main contact guy got suspended for … contact.

        I dunno what he’s up to. I just think if we throw out guys like Murray and Moen, they’re going to look like big red, white, and blue pylons. The Rangers are almost as fast as us.

        And to be fair game 2 we played our asses off and got stoned by Lundqvist. But he’s starting to let em in now.

        Game 1 we just didn’t show up and were subsequently thrown off our game by that motherless bastard Kreider running our goalie

        “A Gypsy mutant industrial vacuum cleaner dances about a mysterious night time camp fire. Festoons. Dozens of imported castanets, clutched by the horrible suction of its heavy duty hose, waving with marginal erotic abandon in the midnight autumn air.”

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Slack, the asses were really only played off with any consistency in period 1, no?

          MT must know what he’s doing. However, what seems most obvious to me where I sit is that the Rangers dislike contact and Lundqvist hates guys in his kitchen. I hope we provide much, much more of both next game.

          • Slackman says:

            That’s the team’s identity though, isn’t it? A defensive, grindy game bookended by ten (give or take) minutes of super offensive goal heavy play to start and finish?

            “A Gypsy mutant industrial vacuum cleaner dances about a mysterious night time camp fire. Festoons. Dozens of imported castanets, clutched by the horrible suction of its heavy duty hose, waving with marginal erotic abandon in the midnight autumn air.”

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            I guess you’re right.
            Which means that Boston Game 6 was an aberration*. In which case I’d like another helping of aberration on Sunday.

            (*because the aggressive forecheck produced opportunities)

  17. CHicoHab says:

    Putting Boullion in is not a detriment as many would suggest. IMO. He’s from New York. He can dish it out. He can sneak up from the point ala Markov to pot one. And can even drop the gloves. I like it for an all important game 4.

    • Slackman says:

      Again Mike, one of our greates forecheckers is out for 2 games. The only guy that would be a good replacement would be White, but he might be rusty after not having played in so long, and Bournival isn’t that much worse than Whitey! They’re pretty similar. White’s just a little scrappier. But i don’t think that should be a factor in his inclusion (or exclusion, or whatever).

      “A Gypsy mutant industrial vacuum cleaner dances about a mysterious night time camp fire. Festoons. Dozens of imported castanets, clutched by the horrible suction of its heavy duty hose, waving with marginal erotic abandon in the midnight autumn air.”

      • Slackman says:

        oops. This is posted in the wrong place. Sorry guys.

        “A Gypsy mutant industrial vacuum cleaner dances about a mysterious night time camp fire. Festoons. Dozens of imported castanets, clutched by the horrible suction of its heavy duty hose, waving with marginal erotic abandon in the midnight autumn air.”

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Nah, I got you.
          White could certainly bring the forecheck game, but prob little-to-no scoring threat.
          Bournival is faster and more creative, even though he hasn’t been scoring.

  18. Paz says:

    Ok now I know it’s summer in Montreal. Just cracked open my first watermelon of the season, and it’s sweet like candy.

  19. Rad says:

    The Rangers are all in a tizzy about the Stepan injury. It sounds to me like this has/will take them off their game a bit, which works in the Canadiens’ favor. Rangers are vulnerable in Game 4.

  20. habs001 says:

    Hopefully next year Bournival will be helped by better coaching on how to utilize his speed for some offense…Based on his skill set he should be getting more scoring chances than he does…Moen may have been considered for PK duty but he provides static type of PK which may not be the best strategy vs the Rangers PP…The Habs may have to kill a few PP in this game…Would be huge if the PP produced…Last game the Habs D was not sharp and looked a bit slow even when not pressured….their passing was poor…

  21. monmick says:

    It’s clear (at least to me) from the video of the Prust hit that Stepan has an injured jaw in spite of all the yapping he does while skating off the ice. Notice the open mouth and the opening/closing motion as he appears to be testing it while getting up after the hit. Reports are that he also received an X-ray (which did not show a fracture) before coming back to the game. So obviously, something was not right with his jaw in the immediate aftermath of the hit.

    It is the more complete C-scan the following morning that confirmed the fracture.

    I wish we would stop insinuating that he is either faking, or that the jaw was injured on another play. It sounds too Recchi-esk and thus not worthy of this site..

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

    • habs001 says:

      The reality is if the exact same play and scenario was on Plecks many of the posters would have a complete different view of the hit…

  22. Strummer says:

    Bouillon pound for pound was one of the toughest players in the League.
    Though no longer in his prime but well rested, he can play 6th defenseman minutes without being too much of a risk

    “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      I think I agree.

      He is a warrior and he is canny. Furthermore, he must know he hasn’t too many NHL semifinals left in him and will lay everything out (although in fairness, that’s his default setting).

      And finally, the D last game often looked nothing short of pathetic attempting to clear the zone, more often gift-wrapping interceptions at the blue-line. Not blaming Bournival, because it was a unit failing, but reckoning a change is in order.

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