Last week, Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout dropped Boston Bruins tough guy Milan Lucic with one punch.

Since then, words of congratulations have been rolling in, including some from a surprising source — the refs.

“The refs never come over to talk to me,” Prout told The Province. “I don’t wear a letter. But before the game, a ref came up to me and said ‘Good job, last night.’ That’s the first time I’ve ever talked with an official other than arguing about a call.”

“Later, the shorter ref came up and said ‘Nice right hand.’”

The referees for that following game were Kyle Rehman and Brad Meier.

“I can’t help but smile when I think about that game,” said Prout.

Apparently, neither can the refs.