Carcillo, Prust suspended by NHL
Not only did the Broadway Blueshirts let the Montreal Canadiens back into the Eastern Conference finals with a 3-2 overtime victory Thursday at Madison Square Garden, they might have to play without top forward Derek Stepan, whose broken jaw required surgery Friday.
The Rangers carry a two-games-to-one series lead into Sunday's Game 4, but finishing off the Canadiens could be more difficult if Stepan is sidelined.
The center was injured 2 minutes, 48 seconds in when he was struck by a hard, blindside hit from Montreal's Brandon Prust, who wasn't penalized for the shot that left Stepan sprawled on the ice. Prust had a disciplinary hearing with the NHL on Friday, and was given a two-game suspension for interference by the league's department of player safety.
His playing status is unclear, but Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said more would be known Saturday. With a two-day break before Game 4, both teams stayed off the ice Friday.
Prust, a fan favorite when he played for the Rangers, was hit from behind in the first period by New York enforcer Daniel Carcillo, who was penalized for charging. That immediately led to Prust fighting Derek Dorsett. During that altercation, Carcillo twice elbowed linesman Steve Driscoll, who was trying to keep him out of the fray, and was ejected.
Carcillo was given an automatic 10-game suspension by the NHL on Friday for physical abuse on an official without intent to injure.
All tied up
Chicago's recent mastery of the Kings completely came apart in one crazy period, and the Blackhawks are headed to the West Coast to figure out how to get it back.
When the teams return Saturday night for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, the Kings hope to build on their five-goal third period in a 6-2 victory on Wednesday, which evened the series.