TAMPA – Montreal wing Brandon Prust apologized Tuesday for his comments directed toward official Brad Watson after Sunday’s Game 2.
“It was an embarrassment,” Prust said of his actions.
Prust was given 27 penalty minutes in the end of the Lightning’s 6-2 win Sunday, after tripping goalie Ben Bishop and getting in a fight with defenseman Braydon Coburn. Afterward, Prust said Watson provoked him and “tries to play God.”
“I regret what I said,” Prust said after Tuesday’s practice at Amalie Arena. “If I could go back and redo it, I would, but you can’t. We have to live with it and refocus on the road ahead.”
Prust publicly apologized to Watson and said what happened on the ice should have stayed there. He’s also privately apologized to Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.
“I think he did the right thing,” Therrien said of Prust’s apology.
Prust said he doesn’t expect the incident to carry over into Game 3 on Wednesday night.
“I hope it’s just an honest hockey game,” Prust said, “and we go back to business.”