After an intense game Thursday night, there will be fallout Friday.
Dan Carcillo's contact with linesman Scott Driscoll at 5:51 of the first period of Game 3, which resulted in a game misconduct, will be reviewed by the league, and Derek Stepan, who was felled by a shoulder to the head from former Ranger Brandon Prust that precipitated both Carcillo's action and Derek Dorsett's fight with Prust, said the league should look at that as well.
"You can't do, obviously, what he [Carcillo] did there. We'll let the league handle that," coach Alain Vigneault said. "We believe that if the penalty had been called on Prust, that probably wouldn't have happened. Nothing we can do about that.''
The Rangers were livid about the mid-ice hit on Stepan, and several called it a dirty play. "It was late, east-west, whatever you want to call it," Marc Staal said. "It's a dirty hit. We'll see what happens with that. You'll have to ask [Prust] what he was thinking on that play. I counted at least to two or three, he came from the blind side and got all head from what I saw. He'll have some explaining to do.''
Stepan, who lay face down on the ice, went to the trainer's room and returned to play, said he didn't see it coming. "It was a bad hit," said Stepan, who thought Prust targeted his head.
Prust was not made available to the media.