"I feel great. I’m good to go. I’m going to be in tomorrow," Brassard said. "The reason why I’m playing tomorrow is because I’m 100 percent."
He may be, but both the Canadiens and Rangers will be short-handed — Prust and New York left wing Daniel Carcillo were suspended Friday by the NHL for actions in Game 3.
Prust will miss Games 4 and 5 for his hit on Stepan. On Saturday, he lamented the "timing" of the hit.
"It’s fractions of a second," said Prust, who went before a league hearing. "The NHL deems a hit late at 0.6 seconds and (this hit) was 0.8 seconds. That’s on me. It’s late. My focus was on trying to make a clean body check. Everything about the actual contact is clean. It’s just late."
Prust added that he swapped text messages with Stepan to express remorse after learning of the broken jaw.
While the possibility exists that the Montreal wing could return before the end of the Stanley Cup playoffs, New York may not have Carcillo the rest of the way. He was banned for 10 games for physical abuse of an on-ice official.
As Prust was fighting New York right wing Derek Dorsett in the first period of Game 3, Carcillo elbowed Driscoll in the face as the linesman was escorting him to the penalty box. According to Rule 40.3 Physical Abuse of Officials, Category II: "Any player who deliberately applies physical force to an official in any manner which physical force is applied without intent to injure, or who spits on an official, shall be automatically suspended for not less than 10 games."
Carcillo practiced with the Rangers on Saturday, but declined to speak with media. A team representative said it was unclear if Carcillo would appeal the suspension.
If he does, it would be through the players’ union. A player has 72 hours to submit a written appeal to Commissioner Gary Bettman for a personal hearing.
"My biggest disappointment in the whole thing is probably what’s happening to Dan Carcillo," Vigneault said. "At the end of the day, if the right call is made on the ice, that whole situation doesn’t happen. Dan didn’t have a penalty on that play. There was no penalty there.
"I still don’t understand why (Driscoll) grabbed him in that fashion. All (Driscoll) had to do was tell him he had a penalty; Dan didn’t know he had a penalty.
"In that split moment of grabbing him like that, obviously, it’s inexcusable what Dan did. … His first comments to me was `I know I should have been in better control.’ He knows that. He should have been in better control there. He knows that. I can’t begin to tell you how bad he feels about the whole thing. There is nothing he can do about it now, and there is nothing we can do about it."
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