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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
Some of the received hockey wisdom about Subban is deserved; he occasionally exaggerates in order to influence the refs (he does it far less than in the past). This does not differentiate him from his peers.
But when 6-foot-9, 270-pound Zdeno Chara tumbles theatrically to the ice after having his sweater tugged by the much smaller Lars Eller, as happened in 2013, it’s a penalty, not a dive.
Chara, you’ll have surmised, is not That Kind of Player.
Subban evidently is. And the Habs are, apparently, That Kind of Team (tune in to a Bruins broadcast and they will helpfully inform you of this).
The barrage of accusations from Massachusetts, New York, and elsewhere has been effective.
Subban has been assessed 24 minor penalties this year, tied for fifth in the NHL; it’s the same total as his former world junior teammate Marchand, a gifted diver who memorably cartwheeled to the ice last season after a trip, and promptly grabbed the wrong leg.
Marchand hasn’t yet been fined this year, but it seems inevitable he will be.
His reputation precedes him.
added 1:52pm, video of the incident is below...
NEW YORK (Feb. 4, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.
Revised for the 2014-15 season following offseason approval by the League’s Board of Governors and the National Hockey League Players’ Association, NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. Fines are assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale outlined below:
Because the Leafs are not the Buffalo Sabres or the Edmonton Oilers. They have far more high-end (and high-priced) talent than the bottom feeders and as they proved for a stretch before the current collapse, they are capable of sustained success. Phil Kessel, bless his fat and lazy soul, is a talent. He’s even a durable talent, out there night after night, perhaps because he doesn’t wear himself out backchecking. But he’s the Carmelo Anthony of the NHL, an entitled coach-killer whose tantalizing potential only makes the annual disappointment more bitter.
While Kessel and Dion Phaneuf have led Toronto down the garbage chute, the Canadiens have climbed into more-or-less secure membership in that group of the league’s elite, the teams with genuine Stanley Cup ambitions. They blew a chance to move into first place in the Eastern Conference on Sunday with that 3-2 loss to Arizona, but the Habs are still right there, a point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning with two games in hand.
-Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette where you can read more on the Leafs and Canadiens.
In his hometown against Montreal, Bob Cole with the call.
NEW YORK (January 24, 2015) – The National Hockey League announced today the participating Clubs, locations and dates for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® and 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ games planned for the 2015-16 NHL regular season.
The 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, on Jan. 1, 2016. When these long-time rivals meet, Boston will become the first Club to host the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® for a second time, after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime at the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Fenway Park. It will mark the first time the Canadiens will play in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and just the second time a Canadian-based NHL team will play in the game, following Toronto’s appearance in 2014.
The 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series will feature two games. On Sunday, Feb. 21, in a first for the Club, the Minnesota Wild will play host to the Chicago Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium on the Univ. of Minnesota campus. The following weekend, on Saturday, Feb. 27, the Colorado Avalanche will make their debut in a regular-season outdoor NHL game when they play host to the Detroit Red Wings at Coors Field.
from Eric Stromgren of the Tennessean,
Predators coach Peter Laviolette gave an earful to linesman Don Henderson as he left the Bell Centre ice after a 2-1 overtime loss to Montreal on Tuesday night.
Laviolette was venting about Craig Smith's tripping penalty on Lars Eller 2:34 into overtime, which turned into a four-on-three power play and the game-winning goal from P.K. Subban in the final game before the NHL's All-Star break.
"I don't think the last penalty was a penalty at all," Laviolette said. "Our guy had a heavy stick. There was no tripping."
continue for more on the game...
Here is a short video of Laviolette walking off the ice and giving it to the officials and at one point you can hear him say "Montreal typical"...
Below, although not a great view, you can see the OT penalty called against the Predators....
The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens appear set to take it outside in the 2016 Winter Classic.
According to multiple reports, the rivals will face off in the NHL's annual showcase at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 1.
A visit to the home of the New England Patriots marks just the third time the Winter Classic will be staged in an NFL stadium, having previously been held at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium (2008) and Pittsburgh's Heinz Field (2011).
The NHL is expected to make a formal announcement during the All-Star break this coming weekend in Columbus.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
It was a fantastic goalie matchup in Columbus on Wednesday night, and for two-and-a-half periods it looked like Sergei Bobrovsky would outduel Carey Price. But then the Montreal Canadiens exploded for three power-play goals -- two by Max Pacioretty, who now has 20 goals on the season -- and rallied for a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Price was once again outstanding as he bolstered his Hart and Vezina campaigns.
The Canadiens continue to prove people wrong and now sit just one point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the Atlantic Division, and the Habs have three games in hand.
For the Blue Jackets, this is a devastating loss. To be up 2-0 midway through the third period and lose like that could be a loss that deflates them. They had rallied hard since Dec. 1 to save their season, but with the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals on fire were unable to make up much ground in the Metropolitan Division, and barely any in the conference overall, either. Now 13 points back after Wednesday's loss, it might be time to start thinking about next year.
read on for Custance on the Wild, Burnside on the Kings and Strang on the Capitals...
from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,
Blue Jackets penalty, Montreal power-play goal. Repeat. Repeat again. Lose three in a row. Do the collapse. A rash of rule-breaking cost the Jackets dearly tonight. Matt Calvert, Jared Boll and Brandon Dubinsky were boxed for slashing, high sticking and boarding, respectively, during a stretch of 4:10 late in the third period. Did they really just take those? Really? Yes, and they led to two power-play goals for Max Pacioretty and another for P.K. Subban.
A 2-0 third-period lead for the Blue Jackets went poof. “We just gave away two points,” Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky said. “Something we don’t want to do is lose two in a row,” Blue Jackets left wing Matt Calvert said. Instead, they lost three in a row, and their already deep hole was dug deeper. The season is half complete. Forty-one games remain. The Blue Jackets are 18-20-3, 13 points out of a playoff spot.
“It’s just disappointing. This one bothers me. We found a way to lose this game.” – Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards.
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
Let’s not try to put lipstick on a pig. The NHL all-star selections are ludicrous, period. There’s no defending this, no trying to pretend there are good reasons for some of the people who got tickets to Columbus to be there — or for leaving out some of those who will spend the break on a beach.
It’s a travesty that Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban weren’t selected, period. Two years ago, Subban was good enough to win a Norris Trophy. So this year, he isn’t good enough to make the all-star team? Are we trying for farce here? Because the joke isn’t funny.
The problem starts with the rule that every team, even the rancid Edmonton Oilers, has to get a selection. So we get the sort-of-not-too-awful-but-not-really-very-good Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with his 25 points and his minus-5 in what is supposed to be an All-Star Game. What next? They all get orange slices and certificates for participating?
I don’t know what’s uglier here. The All-Star Game uniforms or the team selection. We get Bobby Ryan with his 12 goals and 16 assists, the guy who can’t spell “intense.” We get Phat Phil Kessel, who is to the Maple Leafs what dry rot is to a house. Thanks to fans with devices in hand, we get an entire Blackhawks unit and Zemgus Girgensons, whose name is better than his game: 11 goals, nine assists and a minus-6.
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