Dallas Stars forward Alexander Radulov was benched during the latter half of the first period in Thursday's loss to the Los Angeles Kings, and he agrees with the move.
"I got benched," Radulov said after the 2-1 defeat, according to the Dallas Morning News' Matthew DeFranks. "It was the right decision by coach. I wasn't playing good and I talked back with (head coach Jim Montgomery) and he basically sit me until the end of the period.
"It's the right decision and I can't do that. It's been an issue in my career, but I got to learn from it. I got to be better. Try not to make those mistakes again."
Radulov ended his fifth and final shift of the opening frame at the 10:20 mark, and he didn't play again until the start of the second period. He appeared for eight shifts in the middle stanza and eight more in the third, ultimately logging 19:09 minutes of ice time in the game.
The 32-year-old winger picked up the primary assist on Esa Lindell's goal in the third period, and he's recorded 14 goals and 26 helpers this season over 38 games.