Canadiens F Prust says he told Bishop to 'quit whining and shut up'

Feb 1, 5:24 PM

Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust shed some light on a melee that erupted during the second period of Saturday's game after he and Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop exchanged words.

Prust also clarified that he did not spear Bishop.

Bishop had the last laugh as the Lightning went on to defeat the Canadiens 2-1 in overtime.

Feb 2, 12:36 PM

Cherry calls Prust's actions vs. Lightning 'a disgrace', teammate defends enforcer on Twitter

Feb 2, 12:36 PM

During the first intermission of Saturday's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, Don Cherry opened "Coach's Corner" by commenting on an incident that took place between Ben Bishop and Brandon Prust earlier in the day.

Cherry argues that goalies should be held "in reverence," adding what Prust did is "not hockey, (it's) a disgrace."

Later, Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher took to Twitter to defend his teammate.

See below for footage of the incident.

Feb 1, 3:03 PM

VIDEO: Ben Bishop goes after Brandon Prust during commercial break

Feb 1, 3:03 PM

An interesting scene developed during a second period commercial break in Saturday's game between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ben Bishop and Brandon Prust entered the same area of the ice while the crew was shovelling the snow, at which point Bishop went after the Montreal enforcer and challenged him to a fight while Prust appears to put his stick in a tender spot.

Bishop was given a minor penalty for leaving the crease, while Prust was sent to the box for unsportsmanlike conduct. George Parros and Radko Gudas were also penalized for their roles in the scrum that ensued.

The Lightning goalie was playing in his first game since getting bumped in the head by Nikita Kucherov.