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Canadiens' Prust says he 'crossed a line' and apologizes to ref for comments after Game 2

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TAMPA, Fla. - Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust has apologized to referee Brad Watson for his comments following Game 2.

Prust said after Montreal's 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night that Watson insulted and cursed him. Prust said after practice Tuesday he wants to "apologize to Brad Watson and the rest of the officials in the NHL. It was uncalled for."

Prust said the two got into a "heated exchange and that should have stayed between us." He adds that he considers himself a "pretty honest player" but "crossed the line" Sunday.

Prust expects to speak with NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell. He says he did not reach out directly to Watson. It is not immediately clear if Watson will work Game 3 of the second-round series Tampa Bay leads 2-0.

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