Briere dislikes McDonagh’s stick work, calls Stepan injury ‘fishy’

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Remember earlier when we talked about the war of words between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers was growing louder? Apparently we spoke too soon.

Following practice at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon, Habs forward Daniel Briere aired some grievances with the Rangers on a few of the hot-button topics of the series.

On the broken jaw injury to Rangers forward Derek Stepan that occurred when he was crushed by a late hit from Habs forward Brandon Prust, Briere said:

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said earlier today he doubted Stepan would play in Sunday’s Game 4 because he was still in the hospital recovering from surgery to put a plate in his jaw.

Brendan Gallagher added his own two cents on Stepan saying:

On playing against defenseman Ryan McDonagh he delivered a bit of a backhanded compliment.

Maybe a couple days off between games for these teams was enough to really get the hype machine going for Game 4 on Sunday night.