Friday's Morning Mashup: Rangers unhappy with unpenalized cheap shot by Canadiens' Brandon Prust

May 23, 2014 - 4:12 am

Welcome to Friday's Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire. FRIDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM) MLB: Rangers at Tigers, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network) MLB: Cubs at Padres, 10 p.m. (WGN) AROUND THE WEB: -- After losing the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals, the Canadiens showed some life in Thursday's Game 3, taking a 3-2 overtime victory at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers, meanwhile, were infuriated about a high blindside hit by Canadiens forward Brandon Prust on Derek Stepan that went unpenalized even though Stepan did not have the puck. The hit occurred less than five minutes into the game. Stepan stayed on the ice for a minute before skating to the locker room, although he returned later in the period. "It's a bad hit," Stepan said afterward. "I certainly hope the league will look at it. '€¦ [The hit] might have been with his shoulder, but he made contact with my face. The main focus is my head." The Rangers responded one minute later as Dan Carcillo picked up a charging call for running at Prust, and Derek Stepan started a fight with the Habs tough guy. Carcillo then picked up a game misconduct for jabbing the linesman who was restraining him. "[Carcillo] can't do what he did there, but we'll let the league handle that," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "I believe if a penalty would have been called on Prust, it probably wouldn't have happened, but there is nothing we can do about it." Prust, a former Ranger who was very popular in New York before signing as a free agent with the Canadiens before last season, already was on the Rangers' radar after he attempted to trip goalie Henrik Lundqvist during a timeout in Monday's Game 2 in Montreal. -- Half the members of the U.S. Senate urged NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to push for the Redskins to change their name due to the racist connotation. In a letter signed by 49 senators, the NBA's quick action against Clippers owner Donald Sterling was referenced. "We urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the NBA did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports," the letter read. It also read: "The NFL can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur." Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida wrote his own letter calling for a name change. All of the senators involved are Democrats. Five Democrats did not sign, including Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, who represent Virginia, home of the team's headquarters. -- Landon Donovan, the most prolific scorer in U.S. national team history, will not join the team in Brazil for this year's World Cup. The 32-year-old was one of seven players cut Thursday. "This certainly is one of the toughest decisions in my coaching career, to tell a player like him, with everything he has done and what he represents, to tell him that he's not part of that 23 right now," coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. Said Donovan in a statement on Facebook: "I was looking forward to playing in Brazil and, as you can imagine, I am very disappointed with today's decision. Regardless, I will be cheering on my friends and teammates this summer, and I remain committed to helping grow soccer in the U.S. in the years to come." Only six players from the 2010 World Cup squad are back, including defender DaMarcus Beasley, who will become the first American to play in four Word Cups. Donovan had been bidding to do the same. "Landon is my brother," Beasley said. "I've known Landon since I was 15. We've been through a lot together. To not have him there is difficult." ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 23, 1976, the Celtics beat the Suns, 98-87, in Game 1 of the NBA finals. Which Celtic led the way with 25 points and 21 rebounds? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "The list goes on and on of things that I just flat out didn't do. I just wasn't able to do it with anything. Pick a pitch, I wasn't able to do it." -- Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, after Thursday's 7-2 loss to the Blue Jays, Boston's seventh straight setback STAT OF THE DAY: 21 -- Consecutive starts in which Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke allowed two runs or less, a streak that ended Thursday in a 5-3 loss to the Mets 'NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): From Thursday's Red Sox game, a Blue Jays fan snatches a foul ball that bounces off a tray of nachos. Pistons mascot Hooper surprises unsuspecting passersby. TRIVIA ANSWER: Dave Cowens SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late General Norman Johnson, lead singer of Chairman of the Board, was born on this day in 1941.