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Video: Brandon Prust drops huge uppercut on Cam Janssen

Dec 4, 2013, 9:24 PM EDT

Montreal Canadiens enforcer Brandon Prust took exception to a hit New Jersey Devils tough guy Cam Janssen delivered on Wednesday, then the hockey world took exception to the uppercut Prust landed on Janssen.

Habs Eyes on the Prize passes along slow motion video of the blow:

Goodness. The fact that Janssen stayed on his feet is Example 2,050 of why hockey players are tougher than the rest of us.

Full video of the fight will be posted if it becomes available, but if not, that clip should mesmerize on its own. (In fact, let’s keep that slow-mo blow, either way … OK?)

Janssen and Prust are no strangers; this was the fifth fight the two engaged according to Hockey Fights, which makes sense as Prust also played for the New York Rangers.

  1. packerswin96 - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    It amazes me how Prust never loses a fight to bigger fighters that are only there to fight! Having said that this was a clean hit by Janssen, and I hate fights that occur because of clean hits.

    • flyerspsu - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      prust is a damn good fighter who fights up weight classes but he loses his fair share b/c of that, also janssen is the same height and is washed up, he lost to carcillo last week …

    • homelanddefense - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      He better not go after Lucic again tonight. Its getting old watching Prust get used as a punching bag by Lucic.

      • justinhbhb - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        That’s why we have Parros now. I consider Prust a decent hockey player.., parros is not so I wouldn’t doubt Parros dresses tonight to keep Prust out of the box!

      • homelanddefense - Dec 5, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        I doubt Lucic would go with Parros, not much need for a top liner to fight a enforcer, better chance Parros fights Thornton (if he dresses). I only mention Lucic and Prust because Prust seems to have a thing for him, is often more than willing to fight him, and it never ends well for Prust.

  2. jordache49 - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    They’ve danced a few times in Calgary and St Louis colors

  3. Anoesis - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Yo, PHT, just go ahead and change your name to Pro Hockey Fights. Unlike actual games you seem to cover this subject rather well.

    • ironyisadeadscene - Dec 5, 2013 at 6:56 AM

      Skip this story then dummy. Stop clicking on the ones that mention fighting.

      • Anoesis - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:18 AM

        I already have to skip over about half the articles on here, since trying to fight while on skates seems to be so popular. Actually covering the games themselves seems to be too much trouble.

        You and nick and the others who think watching grown men in hockey gear trying to be boxers is somehow entertaining go ahead and enjoy your pseudo-sports coverage. I’ll go back to Bleacher Report and other sites that think the game itself is where the focus should be.

  4. nicknyhc - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    I’m so tired of the PC anti-fighting crowd. If fighting in hockey hurts your feelings that much then don’t watch hockey.

    There are a handful of other major sports that don’t include fighting. Go watch one of them.

    • Anoesis - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:26 AM

      Sorry about your handicap, nick. I complained about this site finding it more important to post an article on a fight rather than reporting on the actual game itself, I didn’t make any anti-fighting statement. There’s a difference, but reading comprehension obviously isn’t one of your strong points. If there are any.

      Take your own advice: If you’re “so tired of the PC anti-fighting crowd” then don’t read what they write. There’s a reason fighting gets penalized: Like slashing, tripping, boarding, etc., it isn’t supposed to be part of the game. Otherwise you frustrated wannabes could spend 60 minutes watching thugs pound the crap out of each other and just dispense with that whole puck thing. Then maybe the rest of us who actually like watching hockey could see a game without idiots trying to cave each others’ faces in while you tools enjoy Ultimate Fighting, Ice Version.

      • nicknyhc - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:32 AM

        How old are you and when did you start watching hockey?

        Have you played hockey ever?

        Fighting has been a part of the game for a long long time. Its people like you that want to change the sport, not the people who support leaving fighting in the game.

  5. dropthepuckeh - Dec 5, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    When did it become the norm to fight after someone lands a big hit? Shouldn’t you retaliate by taking the body on someone else? Janssen obviously knew what was coming and was more than willing to go but its silly. It was a clean hit within the rules of the game. Kudos to him for staying on his feet after that punch. I watched the clip in slow motion on NBCS during the Wins/ Flyers game and I thought he would be knocked out. I would still be knocked out…

    • jpelle82 - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      prust wouldnt fight him earlier in the game, janssen forced his hand by going after a young skill guy. clean hit didnt matter, there was a hidden agenda behind the hit…he really wanted prust for some reason. janssen obviously shouldve just let it go when prust declined the first time.

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