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Prust suspended for Game 4

Prust reiterated yesterday that the elbow to Anton Volchenkov was accidental.

While opposing head coaches John Tortorella and Peter DeBoer traded barbs over the weekend, the NHL made the decision late Sunday to suspend Brandon Prust for Game 4 tonight (8 p.m., NBC?Sports).

Brendan Shanahan, who metes out punishment on behalf of the NHL’s Department of Supplemental Discipline, made the decision.

Prust reiterated yesterday that the elbow to Anton Volchenkov was accidental.

“It’s just kind of a reaction when you’re off-balance and your arms go up. I didn’t want to do a faceplant into the boards,” Prust said. “It was just kind of a reaction. I had no intent to hit him in the head there. There was nothing vicious about it.”

Shanahan disagreed.