Milan Lucic finds Dalton Prout’s punch “gutless”
With four seconds left in overtime during the Boston Bruins’ 4-3 shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night, Dalton Prout and Milan Lucic got into an altercation. It resulted in Prout taking down Lucic in one punch. The Bruins’ power forward, however, had little time to drop his gloves and got the worst end of things.
Just 24 hours later, Lucic, amid speculation that he might not suit up after the incident – especially with the callups of Jordan Caron and Matt Lindblad from Providence earlier on Saturday – laced up the skates for the B’s 2-0 loss over the Montreal Canadiens at the TD Garden.
Lucic and Prout received matching minor penalties for roughing at 4:56 of overtime. The Bruins’ forward, however, also got tagged with a game misconduct.
As Lucic fielded questions about the loss for the first few minutes, he was asked a serious of questions regarding the “cheap shot” from Prout. To say that Lucic and Prout won’t be exchanging Christmas gifts anytime soon would be an understatement following his comments.
“It was the end of the game and I let him know that I wasn’t going to fight him,” Lucic recalled in his first questions about his altercation with Prout. “I wasn’t prepared and I let my guard down and that’s what happens when you let your guard down. I’ve been in over 100 fights and I never took a shot like that.
“There’s many a times where I could’ve done the exact same thing, and I could’ve held off because he wouldn’t drop his gloves. I find it to be gutless and that’s my thoughts on it.”
Luckily for Lucic, he’ll get two more chances to exchange pleasentries with Prout before the end of the 2014-15 season. The Bruins and Blue Jackets will step on the ice again on December 27th in Columbus before rounding out their three-game season series on January 17th at the TD Garden.
“I didn’t like it,” Lucic said. “Good thing is, we get to play them two more times…and I’ll be ready.”
See Lucic’s full thoughts on the Prout hit below: