Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 5/20/12
The NHL has announced that Brandon Prust will have a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety this morning at 11:30 a.m. after an elbow to the head of Anton Volchenkov during the Rangers 3-0 win against the New Jersey Devils yesterday.

Here's video of the elbow...



Prust on the hit (via Bergen Record)...

"It definitely wasn't hard. It wasn't my intention going into it. He kind of spun off and I didn't want him to cut in on me. It wasn't vicious at all."

Volchenkov, who was not injured on the play, responded with this...

"It was pretty dirty, actually. It was an elbow in the head. We'll see what it's going to amount to. It was emotion, maybe. It's a game and he's going to try to hit me and he missed a little bit and his elbow hit me in the head."

And finally Devils coach Peter DeBoer called it "headhunting, plain and simple."

...i love Prust, but not a very smart play by him. Could have easily been called a five-minute major, which would have really put the Rangers, who were struggling mightily at that point, behind the eight ball big time. Also a little bit of a sell job by Volchenkov I thought as well.

...really the only thing Prust has going for him in that hearing is that Volchenkov wasn't injured and didn't miss anytime during the game. Because of that, there's no way he gets more than a game. If he even gets that.

...having said that, with the way suspensions have worked against the Rangers so far this post season don't be surprised to see a multiple game suspension, which would be a travesty.

While I don't remember it, apparently the Prust elbow wasn't the only one in Game 3...

Prust hearing at 11:30am.Zubrus clipped Stralman in the face with an elbow as well. Nasty game. Hate has arrived in this series.#TSN

— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 20, 2012

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