The NHL Department of Player Safety was pretty busy today dealing with two incidents that occurred in Thursday night's Game 3 in New York between the Canadiens and the Rangers.
The first incident occurred at the 2:45 mark of the first period when Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust threw his upper-body into New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan.
This clearly looks like a charging penalty or at least an interference penalty. Unfortunately for the Rangers, no penalty was called on Prust. Prust essentially got away with murder; for that game. It wasn't until after the game that the officials as well as the NHL decided to look into the hit. The hit was definitely a bad one; it was later concluded that Stepan suffered a broken jaw. Prust met his maker on Friday morning when he was informed that he would miss the next two games of the series. The next game Prust would be able to participate in is Game 5 in Montreal.
The second incident occurred later on in the first period at the 14:09 mark when Brandon Prust and Derek Dorsett dropped the gloves and exchanged punches. However, the fight was not cause for suspension. It's what occurred before as well as during the fight. The fight started out after Rangers forward, Daniel Carcillo got a game misconduct. As Carcillo was being escorted to the penalty box, he chopped at and elbowed linesman, Scott Driscoll.