Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/18/13
Derek Stepan is apparently no worse for the wear after taking a seemingly inadvertent shot to the head from the Capitals’ Troy Brouwer in a neutral zone collision at 0:51 of the third period that sent the Blueshirts’ center to the room for approximately 10 minutes. “I feel fine. It happens it’s part of the game” Stepan who took a regular shift after returning to the ice at 8:17 said after the Rangers’ 2-0 victory on Wednesday. “Obviously I never saw him coming so I can’t say one way or another [what his intentions were]. He said something on the ice that he didn’t see me.” Brouwer did not extend his elbow or forearm as he collided with Stepan from the blind back side as he made his way across the neutral zone heading for the bench. The winger was not penalized but one can excuse coach Alain Vigneault for being a little touchy after having lost Rick Nash to a concussion on a head shot last Tuesday in San Jose that has sidelined No. 61 for three games — and counting. Nash will not play on Saturday against the Devils at the Prudential Center. “The ref said it was accidental contact” Vigneault said. “I looked at the replay and if [Brouwer] couldn’t see him I don’t know what he was looking at.
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