Brandon Prust: Referee 'called me every name in the book'

Monday May 4th, 2015

Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust accused referee Brad Watson of calling him "every name in the book" after Sunday's playoff game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Prust earned 31 penalty minutes in the game, including 27 on one sequence at the end of the third period. Prust ran into Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, sparking a fight with Braydon Coburn. Prust earned a tripping minor, fighting major and ten-minute game misconduct. He earned another ten-minute misconduct as he was leaving the ice for throwing an elbow pad into the Tampa Bay bench.

After the game, Prust said he felt Watson provoked him into picking up the second misconduct.

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"I thought the original call was kind of soft and I let him know on the way to the penalty box," Prust said, according to The Score. "And then he kept provoking me, he came to the box and called me every name in the book. He called me a piece of 'you know what' and a 'mother effer,' 'coward,' said he'd drive me right out of this building ... I just said 'yeah OK, yeah OK' and I wasn't even looking at him ...  That's the ref he is, he tries to play God and tries to control the game and he did that tonight."

Prust's actions and comments are being reviewed by the NHL, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports

The Lightning won the game to go ahead 2–0 in the series. Game 3 will be played Wednesday in Tampa. 


- Dan Gartland

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