Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said on Saturday that he didn’t have an update as far as a timetable for Stepan’s return to the lineup, after breaking his jaw in Game 3. Brandon Prust was suspended two games for the hit that allegedly did the damage, although Stepan returned to the game and finished the OT loss for New York.
“He's in the hospital right now recovering from surgery, so that's all I've got,” said Vigneault.
Canadiens forward Danny Briere, however, thinks something smells about the lack of information on Stepan for Game 4 on Sunday night.
"I think it seems a little fishy to me," Briere said after the team's practice Saturday afternoon. "It seems like a little bit of a game."
Briere's teammate Brendan Gallagher said he wouldn't be surprised if Stepan plays on Sunday. "He got up and he was yapping and yelling [after the play]," Gallagher said. "So, I'm sure the jaw isn't hurting too much."
Sounds like Briere and Gallagher have both attended the Recchi Medical School For Amateur Injury Evaluation ...
This was all part of the fun on Saturday, as the Canadiens complained about Rangers assistant coaches watching their practice and Briere saying of Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonaugh: “Ryan McDonagh's a great defenseman, but I haven't seen anyone slash as much as he has since Chris Pronger.”
That’s a compliment, right?