Rangers won't rule out Derek Stepan for Game 5

Ian McLaren
Ed Mulholland / USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault isn't ruling Derek Stepan out of Game 5 Tuesday in Montreal, despite the fact the injured forward recently underwent surgery to repair a broken jaw.

Vigneault did, however, go as far as to suggest that Stepan would require "some facial protection" if he were to play.

With the Rangers one win away from the Stanley Cup final, Stepan may remain sidelined for the time being. But at present, it appears as though the door remains slightly ajar for his return in Game 5.