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NEW YORK -- Surgery, suspensions and thuggery. Carli Lloyd Jersey . The storylines surrounding the Eastern Conference final reached Shakespearean proportions Friday. As he was in Game 3 Thursday night, Montreal fourth-liner Brandon Prust was slap bang in the middle of the mayhem. What had seemed like a quiet off-day quickly turned dramatic when New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault revealed that forward Derek Stepan, laid out by an unpenalized blindside hit from Prust two minutes 45 seconds into the game, had suffered a broken jaw that needed surgery. Three hours later, Rangers agitator Dan Carcillo was suspended 10 games for physical abuse of an official on a play that came minutes after the Prust hit, as New York looked for retribution. The Carcillo incident came 5:51 into Thursdays game after a fight between Derek Dorsett of the Rangers and Prust. Carcillo, a fourth-liner, had been penalized for charging Prust on the play. The league said Carcillo "physically applied force to linesman Scott Driscoll while being escorted to the penalty box." The suspension was automatic under category 2 of Rule 40.3, titled Physical Abuse of Officials. Prust, meanwhile, was handed a two-game suspension for interference for the Stepan hit later Friday. It has added more drama to a series that saw Montreals all-world goalie Carey Price sent to the sidelines in Game 1 after coming out the worst for wear in a collision with six-foot-three, 230-pound Ranger Chris Kreider. For Vigneault, the missed Prust call Thursday set off a domino effect whose ripples were still being felt the next day. "Four referees missed the call," Vigneault said. "Stepan is injured. The same player that called the hit on Price accidental but on purpose. Late hit, everything that you want to get out of the game, that was his hit on Stepan. "And what saddens me about that hit is, if the call is made on the ice, were on a five-minute power play, and what happened to Dan Carcillo, and what Dan did is inexcusable, and hes going to pay a big price for it, but if the call is made on the ice, hes not put in that position. "So its unfortunate. Step (Stepan) right now at this time is probably getting operated on. He broke his jaw (Thursday), so well have an idea of the time frame (Saturday). But those are stuff that happens during the game that you have to deal with, and thats what were going to try to do." Dressed in jeans and flip-flops, Vigneault looked like he was in relaxation mode. But he was clearly irate at a sequence of events which he believes could have been avoided. Stepan went briefly to the dressing room after the hit, yelling over his shoulder at Prust as he exited. But he returned later in the period and amazingly played a total of 17:45 in the game. A team spokesman said X-rays that night were negative. But Stepan was in pain and saw a specialist Friday, when further tests detected the broken jaw. It seems unlikely that Stepan, who centres Rick Nash and Kreider on the Rangers top line, will be back any time soon. New York leads the series to two games to one. Prust, a former Ranger who counts Canadian UFC lightweight Sam (Hands of Stone) Stout as a friend, was not made available Friday as both teams, skipping practice in advance of Game 4 Sunday, offered up their coaches and select players. Montreal coach Michel Therrien defended his player. "His intention was not to hurt anyone," he said. "Like Kreider, his intention, even if he was going hard to the net and then laying on Carey Price, Im sure his intention was not to hurt Carey Price. Brandon Prust, he tried to finish his check. His intention, honestly, was not to hurt Stepan." Then Therrien suggested the Canadiens knew better than anybody about losing a star player. "If there is a team that can understand the loss of a player, its us. We lost Carey Price in the first game of the series with the hit on Kreider when he hit Carey Price, and we felt frustrated at the time. Were still frustrated not having our goalie, our No. 1 most important player." Therrien, taking a page from Vigneaults book from the Price injury debate, called it "a hockey hit." Habs forward David Desharnais called it a clean hit, with Prust just wanting to get his team going. "You never want to see a guy injured like that but, like I said, we were fighting for our lives (Thursday) and we wanted to set the tone," he said. At five foot seven, Desharnais is one of the Hobbit-like Canadiens. But the first-liner wins praise from his coach for his compete level. And he knows the value of getting under an opponents skin, as Prust clearly did in Game 3. "They were not happy about it," he said of the Rangers. "Everybody got a little chirp here and there and the game was on." A day later, the Rangers still wanted justice. "I think guys were unhappy there wasnt a call on the play," Kreider told reporters. "Obviously, it was away from the play so not a lot of people saw it. But I think the sentiment today is the same as it was yesterday, that it wasnt a clean hit. Hopefully the league deals with it justly." Sam Mewis Jersey . Every. Single. Game. Thats 1,230 in total to cover the regular season. The man is Corey Sznajder, a soft-spoken 23-year-old Salisbury University grad who lives in Annapolis, Maryland and has been charting zone entries and zone exits throughout the NHL. I love big projects, he said. No kidding. At the 2013 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, I met Eric Tulsky, who presented research on the value of controlled zone entries (short answer: about twice as valuable to enter with control of the puck rather than dumping it in) and Sznajder had charted a couple hundred games that were included in that study. Becky Sauerbrunn Jersey . -- With Tony Allen back, the Memphis Grizzlies were able to turn up their defence pressure and hold off the Los Angeles Clippers down the stretch.Winnipeg Jets 2 Colorado Avalanche 1 OT – (Jets 18-18-5, 9-10-1 on road) – It was the Jets 23rd one-goal game of the season and 12th game that has gone to overtime. Nine of the previous 11 went to a shootout. In the games that ended in the five minute overtime, the Jets lost in Nashville, won in Tampa and came out victorious in this game. In Tampa it was Mark Scheifele scoring with the assist to Blake Wheeler; tonight it was Wheeler set up by Scheifele, with Dustin Byfuglien also assisting (his team leading 22nd assist of the year). It was the first time since November 25/27 that the Jets won back-to-back games. The game was scoreless through 40 minutes with both Al Montoya and Semyon Varlamov making a number of great saves. Shots after 40 minutes favoured the Jets 22-17. Andrew Ladd opened the scoring at 11:42 with his 10th of the year, converting a nice feed from Wheeler. Jacob Trouba also drew an assist. But 29 seconds later Nathan MacKinnon, with his ninth, tied it. His shot went off the stick of Mark Stuart, off the leg of Zach Bogosian and past Montoya. The Avs outshot the Jets 12-11 in the third, and 5-4 in overtime. The winning goal officially came at 4:58 of the overtime, but actually came with 1.3 seconds left on the clock. Byfuglien kept the puck in at the line and Scheifele sspotted Wheeler who redirected it through Varlamov for the winner, with Byfuglien causing havoc in front of the net. Meghan Klingenberg Jersey. It was Wheelers second game-winner in as many games. The assist by Scheifele was his 13th of the year, tying him for the league lead among rookies. The goal by Wheeler gives him a team-leading 15 on the season. He has now scored eight in the last nine games and is 6-7-13 in eight career games against the Avs. Trouba led the team in ice time at 25:25, Ladd led in shots with five. For Montoya it was his seventh win of the year; his career-high for one season is nine. Montoya has now won his last four starts and is 5-0 in his last five decisions. Considering the Jets travel issues going into Denver on Saturday (nine-hour mechanical delay), and no morning skate, the Jets played one of their best defensive games of the year. “It was a well-played game,” stated coach Claude Noel. “We had a bit of a slow start but the Wright, Tangradi, Peluso line got us going. It was a tough goal that tied it, but we stuck with it. Stayed focused and never got rattled. We had a lot of good performances.” The Jets close out the 2013 part of their schedule at MTS Centre Tuesday against Buffalo (TSN National, TSN 1290), then head to Ottawa, Boston and Pittsburgh for a three game Eastern Conference trip. 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