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Lightning win rough one, move into virtual Atlantic tie with Habs

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 16: Mark Barberio #8 and Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning fight Brandon Prust #8 of the Montreal Canadiens after he knocked over goalie Ben Bishop #30 during the second period at the Amalie Arena on March 16, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens might not seem like natural rivals, but they don’t seem to like each other, either. At least, that’s certainly the case with Brandon Prust and Ben Bishop.

The tough guy and goalie mixed it up again on Monday (particularly when Prust received a goalie interference penalty while checking Bishop behind his net) as the Lightning edged the Habs 4-2.

Technically, Tampa Bay didn’t tie Montreal for the Atlantic Division’s top spot, as the Canadiens hold a game in hand. This win definitely makes a big difference as far as the race for the division title is concerned, though.

Let’s be clear: if it comes down to a head-to-head tiebreaker, the Lightning will win that in a walk. They were victorious in all five games between the teams with Montreal only nabbing one out of a possible 10 standings points.

It should be an interesting ride to the finish line in that regard, and things could be awfully entertaining if the two teams happen to meet in the 2015 postseason.

Check out two angles of that Prust hit on Bishop, via My Regular Face:


The hit didn’t bother Lightning head coach Jon Cooper all that much, it seems.