NHL GIF: Brandon Prust’s Late Hit on Derek Stepan

  • Aaron Ward: “Prust hit on Stepan, 27 TV Frames (9/10 of a second) from touching puck and the hit. Not a hard and fast rule but over 1/2 second is late.”
  • Darren Dreger: “Prust hit on Stepan will be discussed by Safety Dept at length. Very late. Not a clear headshot, but significant head contact.”

Do you think Prust should be suspended? If so, how many games do you think?

GIF from Steph – @myregularface

GIF: Another look of the extremely illegal, dangerous hit fro... on Twitpic

GIF: Contact with head not made, which is probably why Stepan... on Twitpic


  1. mike

    May 23, 2014 at 10:36 am

    There are no excuses for the type of violence seen in nhl games. Increasing the punishment for this behavior is a must in order to bring respect and sportsmanship back to the game.

  2. Chris

    May 23, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Sorry. Hockey is violent. Dirty things like this happen. You can increase the punishment all you want and it will STILL happen.

    Again hockey is, was and always will be violent. If you can’t stomach it then watch something else. And I’m not even a Habs fan.

  3. Mike

    May 23, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Chris, I’ve been watching hockey for over 35 years and I realize it is a violent sport. However, hits to the head can cause permanent injury. Would you like to be on the receiving end of an elbow to the head?? I think not!

  4. Billy

    May 23, 2014 at 11:56 am

    It was a really late hit which is pretty cheap. I don’t see the elbow hitting him in the head at all so I don’t think he was really going for a knockout hit. A game at most. However I look at the time when Weber grabbed Zetterberg’s head and slammed it into the boards and nothing came of that at all… no fine or suspension, not even a penalty. So it wouldn’t surprise me if nothing happens. I thought the Rangers player going feet first into Price was a more dangerous play especially when he has history of doing the same thing.

  5. Brody

    May 23, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Billy – You thought Krieders play was more dangerous, and that he has a history?

    Gallagher injured and ended Jhonas Enroths season doing the exact same thing. Gallagher also led the season with goalie interference calls, and last season Montreal led the season with goaltender interference calls…… But Krieder is the one with the history…

  6. hotwings

    May 23, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    5 games for Prust — Stepan got his jaw broken… very late hit… Prust was obviously *trying* to “aim high” with his elbow.

  7. Chris

    May 23, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    If you watch the replay above and slow it down you can see that Prust starts his hit crouched down with his elbow tucked and then fires his whole body upward towards Stepan’s head. The lateness alone warrants a hearing but the direct contact with Stepan’s jaw as a result of aiming his shoulder at the head is suspendable.

    As for the Kreider hit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAZ31mWd0hg go to the 45 second mark and watch as Emelin’s stick slashes Kreider’s right ankle and then Weiss makes contact with his left. To think that Kreider would deliberately fall into a goaltender on a breakaway while missing the net is absolutely ridiculous.

    Here’s what it comes down to: If Emelin doesn’t slash Kreider to make up for the fact that he’s too slow to catch him then Kreider has a breakaway and tries to score. Nobody gets hurt.

    I actually think that was borderline penalty shot.

    In any case, I’m really not sure what your argument is if you think the KReider hit was dirty and the Prust hit was clean. The evidence is in the video.

  8. Jackie

    May 23, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    There’s no visible contact with Stepan’s head in any of those replays. The shoulder squarely hits the letters on Stepan’s sweater. Any head injury comes from the force of the impact and the resultant whiplash, when Stepan’s head snaps forward into Prust after the hit is complete.

  9. Jackie

    May 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Kreider knew what he was doing. He drives to the net hard REGULARLY. Honestly, if you ever skate so fast to the net you can’t avoid the goaltender (and he was not avoiding the goaltender even if he didn’t dive over without Emelin/Weise’s phantom touches), you should be suspended. Goaltenders need to be completely untouchable and sacrosanct.

  10. Chris

    May 23, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Lol. So you think that Kreider shot the puck wide and fell down on a breakaway on purpose? You call the slashes phantom and think that Prust hit him on the chest?

    You are either on some serious psychedelics or you need to put the Habs tinted glasses down.

    Seriously. Those two posts are the dumbest of the day. If Derek Dorsett did that to Brendan Gallagher you’d be calling for a ten game suspension and the Montreal cops would lay charges.

    Have you even played hockey before?

  11. Chris

    May 23, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Just watched the .gif. Watch it again and tell me that the FIRST part of contact to Stepan’s body isn’t the head. You can literally see his head snap to the side before Prust launches off his feet.

  12. Stephen

    May 24, 2014 at 11:15 am

    “There’s no visible contact with Stepan’s head in any of those replays”?. I struggle to explain how Stepan’s jaw got broken. Prust gets suspended and Kreider does not. The replays are clear. Prust’s actions were deliberate. Kreider’s were not. If the NHL saw any intent to injure Carey Price on Kreider’s part, he would have been suspended. Protecting goalies by the NHL is no different than protection quarterbacks by the NFL. Jackie’s last name must be Prust. That is my only logical explanation for these comments.