Derick Brassard has been a top performer for the New York Rangers this postseason, centering the third line with wings Benoit Pouliot and Mats Zuccarello. It's been the Rangers' most consistent unit, with Brassard contributing seven points this postseason including four goals through 14 games. That's why the fact that Brassard left Game 1 against the Montreal Canadiens just 35 seconds into his first shift is going to be cause for concern for the Rangers. Brassard was leveled by Habs defenseman Mike Weaver with a heavy body check. The hit was by the book except for the little fact that Brassard had already released the puck about two full seconds earlier. That may not seem like a lot of time, but even two seconds is enough time for an NHL player to abort a hit.
Derick Brassard leaves game after late hit from Mike Weaver
CBS Sports | May 17