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Video: Prust fights goalie Bishop, leads to larger scrum

Feb 1, 2014, 3:10 PM EDT

Goaltender fights are rare enough, but you almost never see a forward start to trade blows with a netminder.

That’s what happened this afternoon when things got heated between Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop and Montreal’s Brandon Prust. The referees naturally broke things up quickly, but other players started to get in on the action.

You can see the incident below:

Both goaltenders, Bishop and Montreal’s Carey Price, ended up getting two minutes for leaving the crease. Prust was also handed a minor for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The two players that actually ended up with the worst of it were the Canadiens’ George Parros and Lightning’s Radko Gudas as both of them received 10-minute misconducts.

  1. storminator16 - Feb 1, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Cleaning crew guys caught in an awkward situation. ROFL

    I expect the NHL to overreact in 3….2….1…

    • pfhockey - Feb 1, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      It was Prust. Should we be surprised?

    • nunan - Feb 1, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      I expect the most vocal people (media, over-sensitive fans) to overreact. They are in the minority but get ready to hear about the ‘integrity of the game’, how Prust should be suspended, etc. None of that will happen but we’ll hear it nonetheless.

      • bsaures - Feb 1, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        Suspended for what talking? Bishop threw the first punch against a guy who was just talking to him (something that if you listen to Mic’ed up games happens during every tv timeout). We would have a fight every whistle if players reacted how Bishop did

      • nunan - Feb 1, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        exactly…makes no sense..but you’ll see that argument.

  2. alicesrightfootesq - Feb 1, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    I would have loved to see Bishop’s blocker rearrange Prust’s face.

  3. sjsharks66 - Feb 1, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Low spear by Prust. Go Bishop for not taking it! Good little scrum, always fun to watch these things.

  4. angrytwitterguy - Feb 1, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Goalies should drive their blocker into the nose of any player who wants to come over and start crap. Blow that honker up

  5. krebsy34 - Feb 1, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    How can they give them leaving the crease if it was during a commercial break? also if you use the blocker, at least not in the NHL, it’s a match penalty. I’m not sure, but wouldn’t be surprised, if the NHL has some rule like this too.

    • krebsy34 - Feb 1, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      *Use the blocker,…, as a weapon*

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 1, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      What league gives a match penalty for hitting an opponent with a blocker?

    • shortsxit34 - Feb 1, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      The rulebook does call for a Match penalty, but I doubt the NHL will do anything about it. Thomas swung his goalie stick at a player’s head and got a minor penalty.

    • joey4id - Feb 2, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Do you think the NHL rule book should be ignored during a commercial time-out?

  6. ipaintrinks - Feb 1, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    I hardly consider that a fight.

  7. 950003cups - Feb 1, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Why would a goaltender fight a forward? Especially a forward who fights a lot. Goalie skates have very little traction as opposed to forward skates that have excellent traction. That’s like having a wrestling match on a wooden floor wearing socks against someone with sneakers.

    • teamziss0u - Feb 1, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      If I were an 8′ tall goalie like Bishop, I would be fighting all sorts of forwards, no matter what skates I had on.

  8. muckleflugga - Feb 1, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    discretionary call …

    51.3 Match Penalty – If, in the judgment of the Referee, a goalkeeper uses his blocking glove to punch an opponent in the head or face in an attempt to or to deliberately injure an opponent, a match penalty must be assessed.

    good on bishop … for goalies i favour the spear in the nuts … from behind … a true attention getter

  9. lightning69 - Feb 1, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    I don’t whose feed this is but terrible video. The Lightning feed shows everything clearly and the officials were at fault for letting it come to that.

    As earlier posters (that saw the game) stated, Prust comes at Bishop with trash talk, Bishop skates up to him (presumably to say, keep my mother out of this, and Proust deliberately spears Bishop in the nuts.

    Classic Montreal play, start some dirty crap and then scream Victim! I used to like the matchup, because of the skill guys that used to be allowed to play, but Habs, please save that crap for Boston.

    The league needs to look at the horrible officiating throughout the game.

    No way Kucherov should have been awarded at PS in 1st. 2min hook only. But in the 3rd St Louis on a breakway, can barely stay on his feet with a Hab holding Marty’s left arm down for the last 20 ft?? No call at all.

    Bell Centre of course….

  10. georgejarkko - Feb 1, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Just heard Don Cherry say Prust’s reason for engaging Bishop was because Bishop had been “whining” to the referees.

  11. terrier92 - Feb 2, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Montreal is a dirty cheap team. Sneaky, afraid to really man up. Only team in league that is is the 7 in team penalty minutes and has players in both top 10 for minor penalties Suuban and majors Prust.

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