May 11, 2013
Habs' Prust feels he let down kids by calling Senators coach walrus
By DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

Ottawa Senator Eric Gryba gets checked by Montreal Canadiens' Brandon Prust during NHL playoff hockey action at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on Tuesday May 7,2013. Errol McGihon/The Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency

Brandon Prust is sorry for calling Paul MacLean names.

He's sorry to kids that heard him.

Speaking to the Montreal Gazette Friday, the Canadiens winger explained that calling MacLean a "bug-eyed, fat walrus" was a knee-jerk response to comments made by the Senators coach after Game 1.

The Habs felt MacLean was "disrespectful" towards Lars Eller -- who was injured on a hit by Ottawa defenceman Eric Gryba -- and Raphael Diaz, called "player 61" by MacLean. The coach said it was Diaz's suicide pass to Eller that was to blame.

"I didn't see (MacLean's) interview until a few minutes before I did (dressing-room) media," explained Prust. "I was hot, very upset, kinda fuming. If I'd seen his remarks right after the game, maybe I'd have cooled down by the next morning. Maybe I'd have been a little smarter about it."



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