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Brandon Prust fined over comments about Brad Watson

After his post game outburst about Brad Watson, Brandon Prust was clearly going to get in trouble with the league, now we know how much.

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When Brandon Prust made the decision to rip referee Brad Watson after he was ejected from the Montreal Canadiens' 6-2 loss at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning, now down 2-0 in the series and heading back to Tampa Bay, it was expected that he would face some sort of discipline.

Combined with throwing his elbow pad at the Tampa Bay bench, which Steven Stamkos then threw into the crowd, I figured there would be an outside shot at him being suspended. Turns out all he's facing is a fine of $5,000, though that's just the official rebuke.

The problem with what Prust did, was that he attacked a ref personally, and publicly. Whether he was justified or not, refs don't take kindly to that sort of thing. As Kerry Fraser wrote in his column, Prust broke a code and attacked a member of a 'team', one that doesn't hesitate to hold grudges.

The results of Prust's comments may not be for the Canadiens as a team to be punished by the officials, but he's going to have a lot of trouble drawing calls, and any excuse they can find, he'll get called.

Short term, all eyes will be on Prust and the Canadiens heading into Tampa Bay, and the way special teams have gone for Montreal in the playoffs, they're walking a dangerous line.

Prust apologized for the remarks earlier today.