By Tim Rosenthal, Bruins Daily
With four seconds left in overtime of 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 with one punch. The Bruins' power forward wound up on the worst end of things.
Just 24 hours later, Lucic, amid speculation that he might not suit up for Saturday's game that was fueled by the callups of Jordan Caron and Matt Lindblad from Providence earlier on Saturday, laced up the skates for the B's 2-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at 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 to the Canadiens, he was asked about the "cheap shot" from Prout several times. To say that he 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. "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 have been many 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 pleasantries with Prout before the end of the 2014-15 season. The Bruins and Blue Jackets will step on the ice again on December 27 in Columbus before rounding out their three-game season series on January 17 at the Garden.
"I didn't like it," Lucic said. "Good thing is, we get to play them two more times...and I'll be ready."