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Video: Milan Lucic calls Dalton Prout one-punch ‘gutless’

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Dalton Prout had his say on what occurred between him and Milan Lucic on Friday.

About 24 hours later, Lucic responded.

Lucic of the Boston Bruins and Prout of the Columbus Blue Jackets were involved in an altercation at the end of overtime on Friday. Prout ended up dropping his gloves and delivering a heavy right punch that knocked Lucic to his knees.

Lucic was not pleased, but Prout believed the two were engaged in a fight. Boston’s power forward disagrees.

“It was the end of the game and I let him know that I wasn’t going to fight him,” said Lucic after the Bruins lost to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, as per Boston.com. “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.”

Bruins’ Lucic expected to play against Habs after getting one-punched (Updated)

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Milan Lucic is expected to be in the Boston Bruins lineup when they face their heated rivals, the Montreal Canadiens, on Saturday, according to multiple reports.

At the end of overtime Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Lucic was dropped with one punch from Dalton Prout. The incident was immediately controversial because Lucic didn’t have both gloves off when the altercation hit its peak. Prout dropped his right away, waited and then threw the heavy right that sent the Bruins’ power forward to the ice.

Lucic was down for only a second. He got up, threw a punch of his own as the linesmen intervened and threw his other glove at Prout.

There were conflicting beliefs on whether it was a fair fight or not. Prout believed it was, saying from his perspective the two were engaged in a fight.

According to Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston, Brad Marchand and David Krejci will not play for Boston.

According to the club’s roster online, Marchand has been placed on injured reserve.

Chris Kelly was also not in the lineup for the Bruins. According to the club, it is injury-related.

I don’t know, I really don’t know. I could say day-to-day, but we don’t know, we don’t know right now,” said head coach Claude Julien, as per CSNNE.com. “Our medical staff has not given me any indication of how long the injury is going to take. It’s one of those that I think they’ve got to feel as the days go by.”

The Bruins announced they had recalled Jordan Caron and Matt Lindblad from the American Hockey League on Saturday.

Goalie nods: Clemmensen’s first Devils start since 2009

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All the latest from the blue paint …

A long time coming

A fun nugget from the New Jersey Devils PR staff: this is Scott Clemmensen’s first start with the team since Feb. 21, 2009.

If you want to make an easy joke about Cory Schneider playing a team-record 20 straight games, that stat’s a great place to start. Of course, the truth is that Clemmensen left New Jersey to be a backup with the Florida Panthers before signing with the team once again this past summer. On the rare evenings that the Devils have rested Schneider, they’ve tried to groom Keith Kinkaid as a future backup with some NHL reps.

The 37-year-old actually has made two appearances so far in relief duty for the Devils, however, and it’s probably unfair to beat him up too much for his numbers (four goals allowed on 17 shots in about 37 minutes of game time over two evenings).

On the bright side, Clemmensen at least offers something Kinkaid doesn’t: experience. He may have a tired New Jersey bunch in front of him, as they beat the Edmonton Oilers last night.

Clemmensen faces Karri Ramo and the Calgary Flames tonight.

Elsewhere …

Blues at Senators: Brian Elliott vs. Robin Lehner

Canadiens at Bruins: Carey Price vs. (likely) Tuukka Rask

Red Wings at Maple Leafs: Jimmy Howard vs. Jonathan Bernier

Wild at Lightning: Darcy Kuemper vs. Ben Bishop

Penguins at Islanders: Thomas Greiss vs. Jaroslav Halak

Blue Jackets at Flyers: Nothing set yet, but probably Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Steve Mason

Sabres at Capitals: Jhonas Enroth vs. Braden Holtby

Panthers at Predators: Not confirmed, but lean toward Roberto Luongo vs. Pekka Rinne

Kings at Stars: Probably Jonathan Quick, almost definitely Kari Lehtonen

Hurricanes at Avalanche: Cam Ward (likely) vs. Reto Berra

Blackhawks at Oilers: Antti Raanta vs. Ben Scrivens

Coyotes at Sharks: Not certain, but expect Devan Dubnyk vs. Antti Niemi

Prout drops Lucic: ‘As far as I was concerned we were engaged in a fight’

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Was it a fight? Or was it a sucker punch?

As the final seconds ticked away in overtime between the Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets, Dalton Prout dropped Milan Lucic with a heavy right hand. Lucic fell to one knee and was furious with what happened. He threw a left punch of his own as the linesman intervened and then tossed a glove.

The two came together after exchanging some shoves near the corner. Prout dropped his gloves. Lucic didn’t. The result was Lucic getting hit with that punch. Oh yeah, the Bruins completed the comeback, winning the game in the shootout.

“As soon as he grabbed me by the collar and looked away … it’s on. We’re both guys who have been in altercations,” Prout told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

“It’s flipping switches. As far as I was concerned we were engaged in a fight. I have no idea what he was screaming,” Prout continued.

Video: Prout drops Lucic with one punch

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Things got nasty at the end of overtime between the Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Below is video of Blue Jackets’ defenseman Dalton Prout dropping Milan Lucic, the Bruins tough guy, with a right hand as the two came together at the end of the extra frame. The two appeared like they were going to square off, although Lucic never dropped his gloves. Prout did, and delivered a hard right that dropped Lucic to the ice.

The Bruins’ forward was furious immediately after. He threw a left of his own once the linesman came in, and then tossed a glove as Prout.

There is a history between these two. On Nov. 30, 2013, they fought in Boston.