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Brandon Prust runs puck-playing Ben Bishop

I (George) have some strong feelings about both of the players engaging in shenanigans here, so I'm going to let the Hockey News's Adam Proteau tell this story...

Montreal Canadiens winger Brandon Prust is known around the league as a player who plays “on the edge”. Monday night against Tampa Bay, he appeared to go over that edge on a questionable hit from behind on Bolts goalie Ben Bishop that could earn him a date with the NHL’s discipline department.

The Lightning had a 3-0 lead on the Habs in the second period when the puck came around the boards toward the back of Bishop’s net. The goalie came out to play the puck, and Prust skated right into his back, knocking Bishop headfirst into the boards when Prust just as easily could’ve pulled up or avoided the collision: (video via SportsNetCanada)


And he continues, discussing Prust's previous "run-ins" with the NHL's Department of Player Safety.. Prust got 2 minutes for goaltender interference in a game the Lightning won 4-2...

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awould's avatar

I’ve never seen a goalie get checked like that. That’s total crap.

Posted by awould on 03/17/15 at 12:14 AM ET

aerodude's avatar

You searched for “douchenozzle goalie runner “.

See also: Chris Kreider, Milan Lucic, Half the Dallas Stars current roster.

Posted by aerodude on 03/17/15 at 12:23 AM ET


What is the actual rule on this? 

Are goalies allowed to be hit when they’re outside the crease, or is it just an ‘unwritten rule’ that you try to avoid contact with the goalie when they’re playing the puck behind the net?  The Milan Lucic vs Ryan Miller incident comes to mind here….

Posted by wingsrul91 on 03/17/15 at 02:36 AM ET


He barely touched him. Sheesh, overblown. But no, goalies can never be hit. Sadly.

Posted by xcheck28 on 03/17/15 at 06:25 AM ET


    I don’t think that goalies should be protected when they leave the crease to play the puck, particularly in traffic. Is this not hockey? Are goalies not hockey players? I don’t like goalies being treated like they’re not hockey players. That should have been a legal check. It should be the goalie’s job to get back in the crease before the other team has a chance to score. To me. it’s a bad decision by Bishop to leave the crease when there is a significant amount of traffic. I was expecting to see Bishop hit like 3 or 4 seconds after he played the puck, but after watching? Should have been a legal check. Goalies HAVE a place where they are PROTECTED. It’s called the CREASE. It’s like a game preserve for goalies. If they don’t want to be checked, they shouldn’t leave it when there would be danger of contact.

  And while I’m all for huge suspensions for attempts to injure and massive suspensions for hits to the head… that was a soft check. Bishop totally just falls over on a soft check along the boards. If you think that’s running someone you need to watch more hockey.

Posted by teldar on 03/17/15 at 07:04 AM ET


He didn’t really hit him, he basically drove him into the wall. Cheap shot, yes, right reaction by Tampa.
Penalty and nothing more.
End of story, I agree this is overblown.

Posted by George0211 on 03/17/15 at 08:11 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Bishop came out of the crease specifically in order to beat Prust to the puck. He even put up his right arm/elbow to keep Prust away from the puck. Prust simply pinned him to the boards and Bishop fell down like a little girl.

If goalies want to come out of what tedlar calls their “game preserve” at a time when they know there’s a strong possibility of contact with an opponent, then they have to be fair game for any legal hit/check. Otherwise, goalies can simply wander around playing pucks with impunity.

Good hit. Bad call on Prust. Ridiculous dive by Bishop.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/17/15 at 10:51 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

The stupid trapezoid is part of a goalie’s domain. Goalies can’t play the puck anywhere. They have a very limited range of where they can be.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/17/15 at 12:16 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Tis that time of the year (AKA) last year to injure Goalies. Price out , Bishop out last year.  Prust is a tool, Krieder a bigger tool, Lucic gigantic tool…

Protect your goalie time!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 03/17/15 at 12:19 PM ET

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