BUFFALO -- Last night's game is about as close as Brandon Prust gets to home in a NHL sweater.
The Flames energy winger delivered what the crew of friends and family on hand were expecting from him.
Prust, who was leading the NHL in fighting majors before being taken out of the lineup due to a shoulder injury late last month and then forced to watch a bunch of games as a healthy scratch, dropped the mitts with Buffalo forward Adam Mair in the first period of the 2-1 Sabres shootout win.
"It's been a while, I guess. Just sticking up for my boy Conny (Craig Conroy). It's something I always do. I always feel a little bit better when I've fought," said Prust, who has been in six tilts this season. "It makes me feel a bit more into the game. Sometimes, for myself, getting in a fight gets me more involved, even on a mental basis."
He went to the room immediately after the scrap, but that was because his sweater was ripped, not due to injury.
Prust, who hails from London, Ont., knew of about a half-dozen personal supporters at the HSBC Arena. He expects about a dozen of his fans will be on hand for tonight's clash the Maple Leafs, his first NHL game in Toronto.
Maybe he'll be able to deliver a Gordie Howe hat-trick for them.
"You always wish you could do more," Prust said.
"I'll just keep plugging away every shift I get and make sure I'm playing well defensively and went we get on the offence, get something going."