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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
P.K. Subban had some advice for Steven Stamkos after the Tampa Bay sniper scored three goals Monday night to lead the Lightning to a lopsided 7-1 decision Monday night at Amalie Arena.
“I’d tell Steven to enjoy it because it’s not going to happen again,” said Subban....
“We’ve played a lot better against this team, i.e. in the playoffs last year, and we just have to park this loss,” said Subban, who was minus-2 on the night, was in the penalty box when Stamkos made it 4-1 and generally didn’t play very well.
“We’re still trying to figure out how to play,” said Subban. “We ‘re trying to figure out our identity. We’re very happy with this road trip and we just have to move on.”
more post-game comments
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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Training camp and the preseason, Subban said, “is just a matter of trying to prepare for the regular season. You can’t focus on the positives and negatives, it’s just trying to get better every game. And trying to feel better every game.
“There’s still another level that we need to get to, right? It takes time. We have to continue to keep the game simple, keep it in front of us, work together. This team, this organization has had success because they play as a unit. We have to continue to do that.”
Back-to-back games against the Senators on Friday and Saturday turned up the heat more than a little with tempers flaring, gloves dropping, bodies thundering. If a rivalry with Ottawa continues to build, its foundation poured in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals two seasons ago, Subban sees a bigger picture.
“Everybody wants to beat us,” he said. “We have the most Stanley Cups (24) in the league. People want to beat us every time they play us. We’re the No. 1 target. Other than the Stanley Cup champion, we’re the next ones in line. Everybody’s trying to catch us.
The Winnipeg Jets announced they have acquired goaltender Peter Budaj and forward Patrick Holland from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Eric Tangradi.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Imagine if Deion Sanders could skate with the grace and intensity of an NHLer.
He’d be P.K. Subban, wouldn’t he?
Think about it. While he easily lacks the career body of work of the NFL Hall of Famer — he is, after all, still just 25 — Subban has the mixture of elite skill and flamboyant flair that is unique to very few athletes past and present, Sanders being one of them.
In other words, Prime Time on Skates.
Don’t take our word for it, though. It’s actually a comparison Subban himself has made.
from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,
Biggest storyline to watch: With Gionta and Gorges gone, this team has really been turned over to the next generation of Price, Subban and Pacioretty. Can they be the guys who lead Montreal back to elite status? It will be interesting to monitor how the top-nine forward group shakes out. Rene Bourque was a beast, at times, in the playoffs, but is there any chance he returns to 20-goal form? Parenteau will get a real chance to shine offensively, so we’ll see if he can put together a productive season. Sekac is a six-foot-two late-bloomer, and it seems reasonable to assume part of the reason he chose Montreal from a dozen or so suitors is because the Habs indicated there was a roster spot to be had. On the back end, Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi both seem primed to make the full-time jump. Beaulieu brings speed and offensive awareness, while Tinordi moves well for a guy who stands six-foot-six. If both hit their stride, it will be a major boon to the blue line.
2014-15 prediction: Montreal will be good enough to make the playoffs but is in for a shorter spring than it experienced last season.
01:55 MTL Jarred Tinordi served by Jiri Sekac Elbowing (maj) - 5 min against Nate Schmidt
01:55 MTL Jarred Tinordi Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Chris Brown
01:55 WSH Chris Brown served by Nathan Walker Instigator - 2 min against Jarred Tinordi
01:55 WSH Chris Brown Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Jarred Tinordi
01:55 MTL Jarred Tinordi Game misconduct - 10 min
01:55 WSH Chris Brown Misconduct (10 min) - 10 min
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
The Canadiens’ decision Monday to bestow the A on four players, and no C, has ignited a wee tempest in our nation’s most excitable NHL market, as loyalists of one player or the other ask why their favourite wasn’t the obvious choice.
But what if it makes perfect sense?
What if it’s just the formal acknowledgment of an observation every NHL coach makes: that no good team can have just one leader — that if you aspire to be a contender for the Stanley Cup, you’d better have a half-dozen of them?
Anyway, the mystique of the C may not be entirely based on imagination, but its importance is grossly overestimated.
Case in point: Dustin Brown of the L.A. Kings. Brown is, without doubt, exactly the kind of pain in the ass to play against that coach Darryl Sutter loves, but he is also an accomplished diver and, logic tells us, the person no referee has any interest in hearing a protest from, when a call needs to be argued.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
... the Habs may not be alone in this kind of decision this season. Just down the highway in Ottawa, the Senators are mulling over the exact same situation after trading captain Jason Spezza to Dallas this summer.
"That’s the thing we’ve talked about a lot so far," veteran Senators GM Bryan Murray told ESPN.com Monday. "We’ll [go] through a big part of training camp anyway before we decide. But our thought certainly has been that we’ve got two alternates right now in Chris Phillips and Chris Neil, and probably just add a third "A," not sure who it will be yet, rather than name a captain.
"But that’s not final yet. We may still decide at the end of the day a captain is necessary. We’ll see. We’ve got young guys like Erik Karlsson and Kyle Turris who are certainly coming [leadership-wise]. Having three "A's" is a not bad thing, though."
Karlsson, one would think, will be captain of this team one day. But he’s probably not yet ready for that responsibility. So the Sens need a bridge decision here, too.
Sometimes it can last more than a year. The Columbus Blue Jackets haven’t had a captain since trading away Rick Nash in July 2012 and they aren’t making apologies for it, either.
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