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Bruins' Milan Lucic calls Dalton Prout punch 'gutless'

Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic called the punch Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Dalton Prout used to floor him "gutless."

Rugged forward was dropped in a fight against Blue Jackets defenceman

Bruins forward Milan Lucic, centre, in action against the Canadiens Saturday night, called Blue Jackets defenceman Dalton Prout’s punch against him on Friday “gutless.” (Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Many in the hockey world were shocked to see Milan Lucic dropped after one punch by Blue Jackets defenceman Dalton Prout on Friday night.

That’s because the rugged Bruins forward is rarely on the losing end of a fight.

But prior to the team’s 2-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night, Lucic told Boston.com that the punch was “gutless,” revealing he had no intention of tangling with Prout.

The fight occurred with four seconds remaining in overtime, a game which Boston eventually won 4-3 in a shootout.

"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,” he said.

"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."

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