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Prust calls MacLean 'fat walrus'

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Sam Gardner

Sam Gardner is a general assignment writer for FOXSports.com. Originally from Orlando, Fla., he previously covered the Orlando Magic for FOX Sports Florida and has also covered the NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals and MLB playoffs. Follow him on Twitter.

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On Thursday night, Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean rather flippantly brushed off suggestions that Senators defenseman Eric Gryba's hit on Montreal Canadiens center Lars Eller — one that left Eller motionless and bloody on the ice — was a dirty play.

In fact, MacLean went so far as to blame Eller's teammate, Habs defenseman Rafael Diaz, for the collision, saying:

"(If I'm Eller), I'm really mad at player 61, whoever he is, because he passed me the puck in the middle of the rink when I wasn't looking. That's always been a dangerous place, as far as I know. Ever since I've been playing this game, that's a dangerous place to be — bad things happen.”

On Friday morning, Canadiens players caught wind of MacLean’s remarks, and one player in particular, forward Brandon Prust, got personal, comically attacking MacLean’s appearance during his rebuttal of MacLean’s remark.

“Yeah, he already showed enough disrespect over there,” Prust told reporters in Montreal Friday. “So we don’t really care about what that bug-eyed, fat walrus has to say.”

Here's the audio of the interview, for those who want to hear it from Prust, himself. As for the accuracy of Prust’s MacLean-Walrus comparison, you can decide for yourself:

It wasn’t all insults, though. In addition to bashing the mustachioed MacLean, Prust also expanded on the play, going to great lengths to explain just how dirty it was.

“It’s a dirty hit,” Prust said. “I’ve watched it over and over. It's a dirty hit.

"He has the choice to hit him on his front shoulder, but he chooses to go to his far shoulder. If you’re going to go across the body like that, because you don’t want that full contact, then you’re going to hit him right in the face. Look at all the blood all over the ice. It’s a dirty hit.

"He’s got a broken face, so, it’s a dirty hit.”

Did he mention that the hit was dirty?

Anyway, the Senators and Canadiens play Game 2 tonight, but Gryba has been suspended two games for the hit, so he won't be back on the ice until Game 4 Tuesday.

When Gryba returns, however, things should get interesting fast. At the end of his interview Friday, Prust — who was a member of the last year’s Rangers squad, which played in a physical first-round series with Ottawa — said that he hoped Gryba wouldn’t be suspended at all, so retaliation is almost certainly forthcoming.

Tagged: Canadiens, Senators, Brandon Prust, Lars Eller, Eric Gryba

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