Feb 1, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) makes a save against Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec (14) during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Goaltender Ben Bishop Gets Speared By Brandon Prust (Video)

If the rest of the Bolts Nation is anything like me, they are absolutely seeing red right now. During a television time out late in the second period, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop got into an unpleasant “interaction” as he was speared in the no-no place by Montreal Canadiens right wing Brandon Prust.

Anyone who is watching today’s matinee from the Bell Centre knows that anywhere there has been drama today, Prust has not been far behind. He took a penalty in the opening minutes of the game when he decided to go toe to toe with Lightning defenseman J.P. Cote after a rather large, yet perfectly legal, hit.

As we said, during a television time out, Bishop skated out of the crease (as they usually do). For some unknown reason, he was approached by Prust. At this point, no one knows what kinds of words were exchanged; however, we do know that what happened next was nothing short of childish. Prust decides that it was pertinent to spear Bishop in the no-no place with his stick.

Bishop reacts much like any man would; he drops his stick and introduces Prust’s face to his glove.

As Chris Dingman said on Sun Sports following the conclusion of the period, I find it amazing that Prust was only called for Unsportsmanlike Conduct. If you ask me, I see Unsportsmanlike Conduct, Roughing, Fighting, Instigating, a Game Misconduct, and the possibility of facing Supplemental Discipline.

In case you missed the exchange, here is a look at how things went down.


In the end, both Bishop and Habs goaltender Carey Price were both called for 2 minutes for Leaving the Crease, Prust was assessed 2 minutes for Unsportsmanlike Conduct, and Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas and Habs RW George Parros were both assessed a 10 minute misconduct.

Personally, I think the more important question here is where were the referees? This should have never been allowed to happen. This went on for far too long before someone stepped in.

However, that is truly another story for another day. The important thing is that Bishop, who is fresh off an injury during the game against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, was not injured in the interaction.

What did you think of the exchange between Bishop and Prust? Do you think the NHL Department of Player Safety should review the incident for any sort of Supplemental Discipline in this matter, or do you think this has all gotten a little out of hand? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think.


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  • Justin Rodgers

    Prust should be called to a meeting with the NHL, suspended and fined for that bullmalarky. For one, it was in a commercial break so, he really had no business down there to begin with. Then talking crap to Bishop which, I’m sure he was. And finally, the spearing incident. Dinger was absolutely right in his assessment.

  • Kara

    Unbelievable that he was even allowed to come over into Tampa Bay’s end in the first place. And the penalties given to both goalies for leaving their creases? What in the world were they (the refs) thinking?

  • HKEstes

    Unbelievable Prust only got a two and that he was allowed anywhere near Bishop during a commercial break.

    Brought back some memories of Bishop’s Junior season here with the Texas Tornado on the way to a Robertson Cup National Championship. The Tornado and Road Runners did not like each other much. There was at least one game a season that ended up in a line brawl for about 4 years in a row.

    Bishop had a shutout going halfway through the third when it broke out during this game. There had already been 3 Road Runners ejected before getting to this point. One for spearing and two others for instigating and a total of 3 fights already in the game. Then all this happened http://youtu.be/S9d1w1ILGlQ

    • Tasha Meares

      This seriously just made my night.

  • Sonny Chiba

    The spearing alone was worth a Game Misconduct (and its’ attendant ejection) – Had it even been called. Some incredibly “selective” vision displayed by the referees.

    Shockingly poor officiating and well-deserving of league review; for even having allowed Prust the opportunity to approach Bishop, and initiate the fracas – This could have blown up into a *much* more serious incident, had there been two different teams (with more volatile coaches and players) involved.

    One would like to believe the league will address this with supplemental discipline – Though, as an experienced and somewhat cynical observer, I (for one) won’t be holding my breath in anticipation.

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