It was like that scene from the movie Slap Shot.
You know, the one where Reg Dunlop, played by Paul Newman, picks a fight with the opposing goalie by calling his wife a lesbian using, uh, some language we’re not going to repeat here.
On Saturday, Montreal Canadiens winger Brandon Prust took his trash talk with Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop a step too far. It resulted in a skirmish between both clubs and a parade to the penalty box.
Prust had a few words for Bishop during a stoppage in play late in the second period at the Bell Centre. In the midst of their exchange, Prust used his stick to prod Bishop’s groin region.
The goalie responded by throwing haymakers.
While the on-ice officials worked to keep the peace, Habs tough guy George Parros dropped the gloves with Bolts blueliner Radko Gudas.
By the end of it, 26 penalty minutes were issued. Prust received a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Bishop received a minor penalty for leaving his crease. Canadiens goalie Carey Price, who was engaged in the scrum, also received a minor for leaving his crease. Parros and Gudas received 10 minutes apiece for misconduct.
After the game, Prust explained how the situation developed.
“I saw he was just kind of whining to the ref, he’d been kind of whining and running his mouth all game,” Prust told reporters. “So I just told him to quit whining and shut up, and he didn’t like that so he started yelling at me and I kept yelling back.”
The Lightning ended up with a 2-1 overtime victory.
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TALK TO CALLAHAN
It appears New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan may soon find himself shipped out of town.
According to ESPN, the 28-year-old winger’s agent has been granted permission to negotiate with potential trade partners.
“I'm not going to talk about that stuff now,” Callahan said. “I don't think it’s productive to the process, the negotiations or anything”
ESPN named the Columbus Blue Jackets as an interested party. TSN reports the St. Louis Blues as another possibility.
Callahan, who is a pending free agent, is seeking a seven-year, $42 million deal, according to the New York Post. He’s currently in the last year of a three-year $12.825 million deal.
The Rochester, N.Y., native has nine goals and 12 assists in 39 games this season. He has spent his entire eight-year NHL career with the Rangers.
The Buffalo Sabres weren’t feeling too good about themselves Saturday afternoon after a 7-1 shellacking at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche.
Not that there’s been much for the last-place Sabres to celebrate this season, but captain Steve Ott was particularly sombre after the loss.
“I didn’t like our mindset … They embarrassed us and we embarrassed Ryan Miller,” he said.
Miller was pulled after allowing five goals on 27 shots in two periods.
“It just seemed when goals were going in for them it never really stopped,” Marcus Foligno told the Buffalo News. “We took a step back.”
Buffalo is 15-31-8 on the season and are 21 points out of a playoff spot.
Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara will miss two games, Feb. 6 and 8, so that he may perform his duties as flagbearer for Slovakia during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Sochi ... St. Louis Blues centre Vladimir Sobotka has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the Olympics after suffering a leg injury Friday. He was slated to start for the Czech Republic.