Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/29/15

New York Rangers center Derek Stepan is ready to move on from the incident that broke his jaw in the Eastern Conference final against the Montreal Canadiens. Habs forward Brandon Prust delivered a high, late hit to Stepan’s head in the first period of Game 3. The collision broke Stepan’s jaw and forced him to miss Game 4 after undergoing surgery to treat the injury. Prust was suspended two games for the hit. “I’m not going to hold it against him,” Stepan said Thursday night after his team eliminated the Canadiens with a 1-0 Game 6 win at Madison Square Garden. “He finished his check. He feels bad about it. He knows it was late. We move on from there.” After Game 6, the two teams met in the post-series handshake line, where Stepan and Prust had a brief, respectful conversation. Stepan returned to the series in Game 5 and scored two goals. He didn’t seem to be bothered at all by the protective mask he wore to prevent additional contact with his jaw. “I wasn’t going to play unless (the doctors) gave me full clearance and knew I was going to be protected,” Stepan said. “Once I got the heads up to go, I got myself ready to play.” Stepan finished the series with three goals and four assists in five games. He will be a key part of the Rangers’ offensive game plan in the Stanley Cup Final, which begins June 4 in Chicago or Los Angeles.Filed under: Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, NHL, Nicholas Goss, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Top Stories

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Joe Montana pins blame for Deflategate on Tom Brady

NFLPA boss: No Deflategate interviews until after SB

Blandino: Deflategate no sting; PSI in footballs not logged in

Aaron Hernandez’s DNA found on bullet casing, joint near body

Thomas upset he was tested for PEDs over health statement

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Marshawn’s press conference to end all press conferences

NFL to assist Seahawks in ID'ing Pats' ineligible receiver sets

Josh Gordon in essay: I'm not an addict

Belichick, Brady can't imagine Hall of Fame without Seau

Teammate: Johnny Manziel is definitely not a joke

Knicks reportedly ‘in play’ for Kevin Durant

Measles outbreak hits Arizona days before Super Bowl

Proposed pace-of-play rule changes, by the numbers

Super Bowl XLIX should smash TV viewership record yet again

NFL, officials, Carroll disagree on ineligible player rules

Seattle business rolling 12,000 joints for Super Bowl

How Yardbarker got Marshawn Lynch to open up back in 2008

Super Bowl records that won't fall anytime soon

Richard Sherman, girlfriend expecting baby any day

15 amazing Super Bowl XLIX stats

Pats fans buy Super Bowl tickets, told they're unavailable

The 10 most underrated Super Bowl performances

Where did Seahawks, Patriots find their Super Bowl players?

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

SB anthem, halftime performers through the years

Super Bowl should smash TV records

Super Bowl records unlikely to fall

15 amazing Super Bowl XLIX stats

Teammate: Manziel not a joke

Ten most underrated SB performances

Knicks ‘in play’ for Kevin Durant?

Ex-QB: Everyone deflates footballs

Where did 'Hawks, Pats find players?

Columnist: Start Skittles media boycott

The all-time best Super Bowl team

Blatt wants more LeBron MVP talk

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.