Rangers’ Stepan misses practice after “cheap, dirty” knee-on-knee hit

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The fallout continues from Brooks Orpik’s knee-on-knee hit on Derek Stepan.

The day after Rangers head coach John Tortorella blasted Orpik for his “cheap, dirty” play, Stepan was held out of practice — though he was in attendance for New York’s annual team picture.

From Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record:

In the line rushes today, Stepan’s spot with Artem Anisimov and Ryan Callahan was not filled and John Scott, who, likely would be the player entering the lineup if Stepan cannot play — given that there were no call-ups from Connecticut (AHL) this morning — was skating as an extra on the fourth line of Mike Rupp-John Mitchell-Brandon Prust.

Most likely, a day of rest for a sore Stepan.

Oprik was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for the hit, which forced Stepan from the game.

As for reactions, Tortorella wasn’t the only person from the Rangers upset the Pens defenseman went knee-on-knee.

“It was gutless, dirty,” goalie Martin Biron said. “That guy [Orpik] is known for sticking his leg out. He’s going to continue to do that unless somebody either gets him with a suspension or whatever.

“It’s very dangerous.”