Brandon Prust returned to Madison Square Garden for the first time since last May on Tuesday night, but this time as a member of the visiting Montreal Canadiens. His visit was a successful one, as the Canadiens beat the Rangers, 3-1, with Prust picking up an assist on the game-winning goal.
Prust met with reporters prior to the game, and had nothing but good things to say about his time in New York and the organization.
"Definitely some great times," Prust said when asked about his two-plus seasons with the Rangers from 2010-12. "I don't know if I have too many bad memories of being here. I made a lot of friends. I love the city. [It is] a great organization and it was kind of a kick-start to my hockey career too in the NHL."
Prior to the game Prust said it would be difficult to predict what type of reception the Garden Faithful would give him in his return, but said that he believes the fans respect what he did for the team.
"I came here and worked my butt off while I was here," he said. "New Yorkers love that. They like guys that come in and give honest hard work. We'll see. It is New York."
After the game, Prust said emotions were "kind of high" at the start of the game, but eventually things settled down. He said he appreciated the extra cheers from the Rangers fans when his name was announced for his assist.
"I think the Ranger fans were happy with my time here and they respect that," he said. "It's good to hear."
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