Montreal forward Brandon Prust accumulated 31 penalty minutes during the Lightning’s 6-2 win over the Canadiens, mostly because he hit goalie Ben Bishop and then fought Tampa Bay blueliner Braydon Coburn, but it’s his postgame rant that might end up leading to supplementary discipline.
“I thought the original call was kind of soft and I let him (referee Brad Watson) know on the way to the penalty box,” Prust said, per the Toronto Star’s Bruce Arthur. “He kept provoking me. He came to the box and called me every name in the book. He called me a piece of you know what, a (expletive), coward, said he’d drive me right out of this building. I kept going, ‘Yeah, OK, yeah OK, yeah OK.’ He kept on me, he kept on me. I kept saying, ‘Yeah, OK.’ I wasn’t looking at him. He teed me up.
“That’s the ref he is. He tries to play God. He tries to control the game and he did that tonight.”
Prust was discussing his roughing penalty in the first period. The Canadiens forward ended up with an additional minor for unsportsmanlike conduct.
This matter will likely be addressed by Hockey Ops and Colin Campbell as opposed to the Department of Player Safety, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. Prust might end up receiving a fine for what he said.
Montreal as a team ran into penalty troubles in Sunday’s contest and Tampa Bay had eight power-play opportunities as a result. The Lightning capitalized on four of those chances.
Michel Therrien called the #habs lack of discipline “unacceptable.”
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 4, 2015