Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Blueshirts' Fast Earns Praise for Toughness

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Blueshirts' Fast Earns Praise for Toughness

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DALLAS -- Jesper Fast had a restless night as he had to keep getting out of bed to clean the blood from his nose and then played on Saturday wearing a full face shield for the first time. The Rangers right wing was hit in the face by a deflected puck at Friday's practice and the Rangers said he suffered a broken nose.

"Yesterday was worse than today, just a lot of ice and lots of rest to get ready for today," said Fast, adding he was lucky, and did not lose any teeth.

"It's tremendous courage on his part to go out there," coach Alain Vigneault said.

"He had a lot of blood coming out of his nose all night.

He put the full face on and he's a courageous Swede."

Fast's play along the right boards to prevent the Stars from clearing the puck started the sequence on Kevin Klein's winner.

Fast was a minus-1 in 18:33 with three blocked shots. …

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