Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 5/3/13
Things turned sour pretty quickly in the Montreal-Ottawa series, didn't they? One hit and one brutal injury later, two teams that entered the series with a friendly rivalry have become bitter rivals. All respect has evaporated. Meet what should be a physical, heated and emotional conclusion to this series. In the hours after Lars Eller's horrific injury, nearly every player, coach and fan has weighed in on whether or not they think the hit warrants NHL discipline. Ottawa coach Paul MacLean blamed Montreal defenseman Raphael Diaz (sort of, more on this below) for leaving Eller out to dry on a "suicide pass" up the middle. Not surprisingly, the Canadiens weren't too happy being blamed for Eller's injury. Montreal forward Brandon Prust responded to MacLean's comments by calling the coach a "bug-eyed fat walrus." To be fair, MacLean's comments were almost nonsensical. As seen on Puck Daddy, the coach didn't even know who he was blaming. "(If I'm Eller), I'm really mad at player 61, whoever he is, because he passed me the puck in the middle of the rink when I wasn't looking. That's always been a dangerous place as far as I know. Ever since I've been playing this game, that's a dangerous place to be — bad things happen. I think it's a hockey play that ended up going badly for Lars Eller." It's safe to say the Canadiens probably wouldn't have enjoyed this response even if MacLean knew who he was talking about. Add in a bit of ignorance towards the other team and you've got one angry group of hockey players. That being said, MacLean isn't necessarily wrong. He classified the hit as a hockey play that went badly, a belief that a large chunk of the hockey community has taken after watching countless replays. In some ways it's similar to the Erik Karlsson injury when Matt Cooke appeared to inadvertently step on his heel. No provable intent, just a hockey play gone very wrong. Prust's response was to provide one of the great quotes of the 2013 playoffs. We have to admit, MacLean kind of does have a walrus look about him, but we weren't going to be the ones to say it. Neutral hockey fans should be applauding Prust for his comments as it guarantees - as if the Eller injury didn't already - that this series is going to have a fascinating conclusion. [follow]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

USF suspends DB indefinitely for role in shooting, arrest

Elway: Broncos plan to 'stay the course' with Siemian, Lynch

Boykin may have violated probation, could face jail time

Six reasons Raiders' move to Las Vegas will be awesome

Kraft: Patriots do not intend to trade Malcolm Butler

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Brandon Marshall talks about how he can help Odell Beckham

Scherzer makes Tebow look silly in spring training at-bat

Lonzo Ball discusses headlines his father creates

Laettner taunts Kentucky after Elite Eight heartbreaker

Chargers finally sell out season tickets after two months

Report: Heat still hoping to trade Chris Bosh

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The 28 craziest ballpark foods for the 2017 season

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

With Team USA's victory, World Baseball Classic (finally) lived up to its potential

The NFL distraction playbook

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

The NFL distraction playbook

With Team USA's victory the WBC (finally) lived up to its potential

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker