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Derek Stepan, Brandon Prust hug it out on handshake line (Video)


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The New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 1-0, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final, advancing to the Stanley Cup Final.

Which meant it was time for one of the greatest traditions in hockey – well, if you’re not a total sourpuss or Milan Lucic – the postgame handshake line.

Obviously all eyes were on Derek Stepan of the Rangers and Brandon Prust of the Canadiens, as the latter broke the jaw of the former on an illegal hit in Game 3.

Prust was suspended two games for the incident, meaning his first game back was the elimination game.

When they met, they embraced, with Prust putting his hand on the helmet of Stepan, inches from the protective mask Stepan has worn since his return to the lineup.

What sentiment did the two share when they shook hands?

“I’m not going to hold that against him,” said Stepan. “He finished his check. He feels bad about it. He knows it was late. And we move on from there.”

Prust previously expressed regret over the injury to Stepan, whom he considers a friend. 

"Once I found out he had a broken jaw, I reached out to him," Prust said. "I told him I feel awful. I didn't want to injury anybody, especially a friend of mine."

Hey, maybe they can meet up for a drink in the near future. And by that we mean Stepan said he’ll be on a liquid diet for the next six weeks after jaw surgery ...

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