Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust yesterday said he was sorry for the outburst he had against referee Brad Watson after game two’s 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay.
‘I was emotional,’ stated Prust, who was a little more subdued in his apology than he was when he spat out a diatribe against the NHL referee that insinuated that Watson, not Prust had engaged the verbal sparring session which led to an extra penalty on the board for the Habs. Name calling by Watson, who according to Prust, used language that would have made Captain Jack Sparrow blush.
What a load of BS.
Look at the history of the player involved and you will see that Prust has had an ax to grind against Tampa that began way before this series. Prust’s Mea Culpa was done to mitigate the damage and try and keep him in the series, which worked as he was slapped with a $5000 fine. But it drills deeper into what ails this league, and it comes to credibility.
I have nailed Prust here for being a knob, but what about Watson. It is clear that he was riled up by what he and Prust were discussing and you don’t need that from an official in a playoff situation.
The NHL should follow their NFL brethren and make the official available to a pool reporter. One random scribe that can ask the question about what really happened and what was said.
The NHL’s current policy of duck and cover is antiquated and needs fixing. We are in the era of accountability…and if the players, coaches and managers need to be held publicly accountable, so do the league and their officials.
The double standard needs to end, because far too often the lack of answers just raises more questions.