Prust was chirping Clutterbuck for an entire shift about 2 minutes before the elbow. Clutterbuck turned him down, just like Prust would have done to Boogaard. Prust looked like Laraque when he chased Lucic, just staying in his ear for a whole shift.
I thought he would get 2, but I don't think 5 is totally inappropriate. If he were anybody else, he might not be scrutinized as much (if he were anybody else, somebody would have squared off after the shot instead of resorting to stickwork). Stupid move by the big man. Bad, bad, bad time to be out of the lineup. I don't mind him sending a message to Prust, but that was bad.
The thing that I don't get is guys like Regehr calling out the coach on this. "What was Boogaard even on the ice for?" Because Prust was trying to send a message of his own to Clutterbuck you dumb whiner. Prust is arguably just as useless as Boogaard, what's the difference?
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