MONTREAL (AP) — Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop loves getting under the skin of his opponent.
After an altercation with Brandon Prust at the end of the second period of Tampa Bay's 2-1 overtime victory over Montreal on Saturday afternoon, fans at the Bell Centre voiced their displeasure with the Bolts goaltender until the final horn.
Nate Thompson scored the winner, his second goal of the game and fifth of the season, at 4:36 of overtime when Victor Hedman found him all alone in front of Carey Price's net.
"I just shot it as hard as I can," Thompson said. "I'm not a guy who picks corners too often. It was the end of the period. I just closed my eyes and hit it as hard as I could."
The Montreal fans booed Bishop every time he touched the puck, contemptuously chanted his name, and even laughed with derision when he stumbled over his net.
"It was awesome," said Bishop, who made 28 saves in Tampa Bay's victory. "That's how we play the game. Something like that, you never forget. It keeps you in the game. It reminds me of college — at the visiting rink, they're like that the whole game. It's fun."
With the Lightning up 1-0 late in the second, sparks flew when Prust and Bishop shared a few words and exchanged punches during a TV timeout.
Prust approached Bishop, who took offense at his comments and swung at the Montreal forward's head. Prust answered with a couple of jabs of his own before referees separated them.
"He came down to my end, he came pretty close, he was chirping and yelling and saying stuff," Bishop said. "One thing led to another. I usually try to stay away from those things, but sometimes they're going to happen."
All players on the ice got involved in the scrum. Five players were penalized on the play, including Price for leaving his crease. Bishop and Prust each got a minor penalty. The end result was a 2-minute man advantage for Tampa Bay.
After tensions subsided — but with Canadiens fans still booing Bishop's every move — Daniel Briere tied it at 7:25 of the third, taking a cross-ice pass from captain Brian Gionta and firing home his ninth of the season over Bishop's shoulder. The goal was Briere's second in as many games.
Briere hasn't been getting much ice time as of late. He played less than nine minutes in each of the past three games as center on the fourth line.
"I have to be ready, I have to take advantage of my ice time whenever I get the chance, said Briere, who played 8:41 on Saturday.
"It's about the only thing I can control when I'm on the ice."