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Brandon Prust will miss Game 4 with a one-game suspension

Posted By Carp On May 20, 2012 @ 7:38 pm In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL,Stanley Cup playoffs | 119 Comments

Brendan Shanahan’s dart hit “1” on the dartboard.

I’m not saying Brandon Prust shouldn’t have been suspended, because he did after all elbow Anton Volchenkov in the head (and I wonder if they’ve managed to scrape Volchenkov off the ice yet).

I am saying that what Prust did was not nearly as malicious as what Chris Neil did to Brian Boyle, or what Alex Ovechkin did to Dan Girardi, or what Shea WWEber did to Henrik Zetterburg.

And in fact, I wonder if Glen Sather has or will complain to the league that now two of his guys have been suspended in these playoffs—both of them with no priors on their records—while every time one of his Rangers gets clonked directly in the head, it somehow gets forgiven.

Also, I brought this up earlier, if some of the head shots had been punished with more than couch-cushion change fines during the season, and some hadn’t been blatantly ignored during this postseason, maybe we wouldn’t still have these issues.

I will post the official announcement as soon as it is available.

I have reason to believe that Stu Bickel will move up to forward for Game 4 tomorrow night, barring an unexpectedly quick return by Brandon Dubinsky, who skated in an optional (non-contact) practice today.

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From the NHL:

RANGERS’ PRUST SUSPENDED FOR ONE GAME

NEW YORK (May 20, 2012)—New York Rangers forward Brandon Prust has been suspended for one game for elbowing New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov during the teams; Eastern Conference Final game in New Jersey on Saturday, May 19, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 2:31 of the second period.

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video,please click on the following link:

http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=178549&lang=en [1]

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A couple of things. First we will have a Live Game 4 Chat tomorrow at noon, where we can discuss the suspension, John Tortorella’s gamesmanship, Henrik Lundqvist’s mastery, the Rangers’ failure to have a two-game lead at any point in these playoffs, future Ranger Zach Parise, or any other topic you want to bring to the table. So be here. Or else.

Also, I’m going to be a guest on NY Sports Exchange tonight around 10 p.m., with host Derek Wasiak. You can listen via radio at AM1240-WGBB, or on your computer at sportsradiony.com (which is the better option unless you live on Long Island). Give us a listen.

 


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