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New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan may be back in the Blueshirts’ lineup for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night afterall. Stepan missed the Rangers’ Game 4 overtime win after breaking his jaw in Game 3. The New York forward was leveled by a big hit from Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust, a hit that led the NHL to suspend Prust for two games. The hit also landed Stepan in the hospital after the veteran forward finished Game 3 with the broken jaw. He underwent surgery to repair the injury, but it was unknown when he’d return to action. That could be as early as Tuesday night, as Stepan participated in the team’s morning skate in Montreal ahead of Game 5. He did so with a large facemask protecting that broken jaw. See photos of Stepan in his new mask below. #NYR @DerekStepan21 on the ice for #NYRPlayoffs morning skate #AboveAndBeyond— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 27, 2014 I am Gotham's reckoni...

Stepan travels with the team to Montreal for game five

Been told Derek Stepan is accompanying the Rangers on the team flight to Montreal. No word yet on J.T. Miller. — Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) May 26, 2014 The fact Stepan is traveling with the team leaves open the possibility for him to return in game five on Tuesday night. Depending on how much longer this series lasts, I do think it is probable that he will play. His broken jaw...

Stepan, Lindberg travel to Montreal

Per Pat Leonard, Derek Stepan indeed traveled with the team to Montreal for Game Five tonight. Alain Vigneault noted that Stepan will get a look in the morning skate before he makes his decision on inserting him into the lineup. As expected, Stepan will wear full face protection (cage) if he plays. Alos, Oscar Lindberg […]

Stepan skates with full facial protection, is tougher than you

Derek Stepan took part in the morning skate at the Bell Centre and played with his usual line alongside Rick Nash and Chris Kreider. Nice job done by the Rangers equipment managers not making Stepan look like Bane. Though that extra strip of yellow padding makes it pretty obvious that he is really pushing himself to play. This is for certain, Stepan is tougher than you and I. He...

Stepan’s status remains uncertain heading into game five

Alain Vigneault said in French during the press conference yesterday that Derek Stepan traveled with the team because ‘you can’t treat a broken jaw and he preferred to be with his teammates’. The gist of this quote is a little different than what he had to say in English, when he seemed to leave open the possibility that Stepan could play in game five. Game five may...

Derek Stepan Practices With Jaw Guard, Will Likely Play Tonight

A day after the media speculated that Derek Stepan (broken jaw) was doubtful for tonight’s Game 5, he took line rushes with Rick Nash and Chris Kreider at this morning’s skate and will likely be in the line-up. Alain Vigneault did caution that Stepan will not play unless he receives medical clearance from the Rangers doctors and that the decision is not up to his center iceman...

Rangers' Derek Stepan suffers broken jaw, out for Game 4

New York Rangers center, Derek Stepan, will be out of the lineup for Game 4 tonight with a broken jaw according to NHL official website. Stepan was the recipient of a questionable hit from former teammate and current Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.By Resolute - Common Wikimedia In Game 3 between the Rangers and Canadians, Prust...

Stepan With Team in Montreal, Doubtful for Game 5; Miller Still in New York With Shoulder Injury; Fast, Lindberg On Trip

Derek Stepan (broken jaw) accompanied his Rangers teammates to Montreal for tomorrow’s Game 5, however, Alain Vigneault said his center iceman is doubtful. In other injury news, JT Miller stayed in New York because of the shoulder injury sustained in Game 4. Jesper Fast and Oscar Lindberg made the trip and are candidates for the vacant forward position. Dan Carcillo is also on...

Derek Stepan, expected to return to lineup, must be cleared by 3 doctors

Derek Stepan looked very much like he was ready to return to the Rangers' lineup when he took part in the team's Tuesday morning skate in the Bell Centre. But Stepan, who centered a line with Rick Nash and Chris Kreider, needed to be cleared by the three doctors traveling with the Rangers. "There's a lot of things that have to happen for him to play tonight,"...

Stepan out, Miller in tonight

Alain Vigneault announced yesterday that J.T. Miller would be returning to the lineup, probably in light of the Dan Carcillo suspension. Some doubt may have been cast when Derick Brassard announced he would be returning tonight, but now with the confirmed news that Derek Stepan will be out with his broken jaw (not surprising, despite […]

Tuesday (5/27/14) Headlines

Bergen Record - Rangers understand their mission: remain calm Bergen Record - Rangers need to win, get in, rest for Cup Bergen Record - Rangers notes:Derek Stepan unlikely to play New York Post - Think the series is over? Don’t tell the Canadiens New York Post - 20 years later, there’s more to celebrate than one heart-stopping goal New York Post - One win from finals...

Eastern Conference Finals Game 5: Finish them

For the first time in 20 years, the Rangers are one win away from the Stanley Cup Finals. They found a way to win a Game Four that they didn’t deserve to win, and now hold a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Canadiens. Derek Stepan is a maybe. If he can’t go, one of […]

Canadiens win a wild one, force Game 6

So we had a player returning from jaw surgery and scoring 2 goals in Derek Stepan, a 4-1 New York Rangers lead blown, a pulled goaltender in Henrik Lundqvist, a hat trick for Rene Bourque, a match penalty for John Moore, an empty net for the Rangers with seven minutes left in the game and some near-the-bench shenanigans. Did I miss anything, or did that cover the Montreal Canadiens...

Rangers' Derick Brassard returns tonight for Game 4

After the bad news about Derek Stepan suffering a broken jaw and being ruled out for Game 4, the New York Rangers received good news that forward Derick Brassard will make his return to tonight's game of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadians according to CBC sports.MEK86 - Wikimedia CommonsBrassard has been out since Game 1 of the series with an upper...

Derek Stepan Returns To Rangers Lineup After Undergoing Jaw Surgery

New York Rangers center Derek Stepan suffered a broken jaw in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals and underwent surgery to repair the injury on Friday, but that won’t keep him out of the lineup Tuesday night for Game 5. #NYR starters: Lundqvist, McDonagh-Girardi, Kreider-Stepan-Nash— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) May 27, 2014 Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust caused...

John Moore to have hearing with NHL

As expected, John Moore will have a hearing with the NHL for his hit to Dale Weise in the third period. Moore’s hit was almost identical to the Brandon Prust hit on Derek Stepan, but it did not result in an injury to Weise. If Prust got two games, I expect Moore to get the […]
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