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Canadiens' Prust says he 'crossed a line,' apologizes to ref for comments, is fined $5,000

  • Montreal Canadiens winger Brandon Prust (8) fights with Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Braydon Coburn (55) during third period of Game 2 NHL second round playoff hockey action Sunday, May 3, 2015 in Montreal.  (Ryan Remiorz(/The Canadian Press via AP)   MANDATORY CREDIT

    Montreal Canadiens winger Brandon Prust (8) fights with Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Braydon Coburn (55) during third period of Game 2 NHL second round playoff hockey action Sunday, May 3, 2015 in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz(/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Montreal Canadiens winger Brandon Prust (8) runs into Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) during third period of Game 2 NHL second round playoff hockey action Sunday, May 3, 2015 in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Montreal Canadiens winger Brandon Prust (8) runs into Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) during third period of Game 2 NHL second round playoff hockey action Sunday, May 3, 2015 in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust has been fined $5,000 by the NHL for comments he made to referee Brad Watson following Game 2.

Prust, who was fined Tuesday, also apologized to Watson.

Prust after Montreal's 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay 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 added that he considers himself a "pretty honest player" but "crossed the line" Sunday.

NHL senior executive vice president Colin Campbell called Prust's comments "baseless and demeaning."