Radulov not really repentant

Alexander Radulov, along with Andrei Kostitsyn, were suspended for Game 3 by the Predators for a...

Alexander Radulov, along with Andrei Kostitsyn, were suspended for Game 3 by the Predators for a violation of team rules. (Jason Cohn/Reuters)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:03 PM ET

NASHVILLE - Alexander Radulov sounded like he was sorry -- for getting caught.

The contoversial Nashville Predators winger broke curfew with teammate Andrei Kostitsyn in the wee hours of Sunday morning before Game 2 in Phoenix. The pair was suspended by the team for Game 3 Wednesday.

Radulov, the Predators' leading scorer in the playoffs, hardly seemed repentant when he spoke with the media Tuesday. He seemed more concerned with the people who ratted him out.

"The whole situation about it, it's something that was wrong, but not really the way it was," he said. "Like I said, I don't want to get into it and try to prove anything. It was something I didn't do right. They brought it up, not on our team, the people. I don't want to talk about those people who did that. Let it be on their side. It's the way it is."

The Predators have about eight to 10 team rules on how players should behave during the season. Radulov admitted he knew he was breaking one of those rules.

"Yeah. I mean, I didn't come back that late," he said. "I don't want to talk about it. They did what they have to do and I'm good with that. Not good, don't get me wrong, I'm disappointed and I understand what is my mistake. I hope that everything is going to work out for the team better and get a chance to play again in the future and help the team win."

Radulov said he would be on hand to support his teammates Wednesday night. Very noble of him.

"I'm going to be out there for the whole team, for all the guys and support them, whatever I can do myself. Hopefully the guys are going to go out there and win Game 3. That whole situation, I don't really want to get into it because I don't think it's really good, all the stuff. Hopefully everything is going to go well for our team and we'll battle through it, I'll battle through it."

Nashville GM David Poile, whose club is down 2-0 in the series to the Coyotes, said it would be up to coach Barry Trotz if the pair would play in Game 4.

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