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via CBC,

Montreal Canadiens defenceman PK Subban was subjected to a racial slur at the end of the first period of Saturday’s game in Florida against the Panthers, according to a report.

Florida forward Krys Barch was given a game misconduct after time expired at the end of the first following a scrum between Panthers and Canadiens players.

Linesman Darren Gibbs reported hearing a racial slur used by Barch, according to a tweet from Panthers beat reporter George Richards of the Miami Herald.

Subban, born in Toronto to parents originally from Jamaica, incurred four penalty minutes during the scrum.

added 9:39pm, from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

“No comment,’’ general manager Dale Tallon said as he was heading downstairs during the second intermission. “I don’t know what happened yet.’‘

Said team general partner Cliff Viner: “This is not what the character of this organization is about. SubbanPeriod. I’m devastated by that kind of behavior. That is not what we’re about as an organization, a team, coaching staff, hockey operations.

“Dale, I’m sure, will be very critical of this. I hope they talk to the team and let them know this is unacceptable. You play hard, you fight hard. But that’s not part of any competition.’‘

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It’s a sad, sad day when the race card is being played in the game of hockey. We in the US see/hear enough about it every day as it relates to politics; can anything be free of political correctness?

Obviously it’s hurtful to PK, but why is it ONLY spotlighted when it’s a Caucasian insulting a black?  And where does the NHL get off trying to police the on-ice verbal jousts?  Does it say somewhere in the rulebook that you can’t call a black person this or that, but you can call a white person that or this?  Or how about calling a gay person this, that or the other thing? 

Not only does Subban get made out to be a victim, he actually gets a PASS; he can say whatever he wants, a la calling Avery a gay slur.  Hello..? Double-standard, much?

Soupcan should stop crying foul when he gets ‘offended’, or he should first practice what he preaches.  Regardless, this issue should be moot.  Don’t the officials have more pertinent things to do out there?  I’d prefer they stop listening and start WATCHING.  There’s blown calls in every game; maybe they ought to focus on what their job is, not try to play speech police.

Posted by Jeff L. from Northern NJ on 01/01/12 at 02:02 AM ET

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Hey Jeff, how about you give us an example where someone got away with “calling a white person that or this” in a game? And Subban wasn’t the one accused of calling Avery a gay slur, Wayne Simmonds was.

I think there is a line that players shouldn’t cross and I don’t have a problem with the refs establishing that line.

Posted by K24 from NYC on 01/01/12 at 02:40 AM ET

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@Jeff L.

You are a moron.

That is all.

Go back to your hilbilly life.

Posted by Dan on 01/01/12 at 05:03 AM ET

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I don’t think there is any room in the sport for racism or homophobia. Both are generally regarded as “dick moves.” But perhaps these incidents should be policed by the players themselves?

Getting ones ass kicked for dropping an N bomb seems like it would be a better deterrent than a fine.

And Dan you didn’t contribute anything worthwhile, all you did is feed Jeff’s racial paranoia by calling him a slur reserved for white working class people from the South.

I mean come on, the guy said “It’s OK to slander whites, but not to slander blacks, why?” and you respond by calling him a hillbilly.

I’m not offended, I’m too thick skinned for that - so I’m not trying to be pissy, just trying to expand your perspective on the subject.

Posted by LGRWeh on 01/01/12 at 03:55 PM ET

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