My name is Ryan, and I am a PK Subban apologist.
I love the guy. I know pretty much every fan for every other team can’t stand him, but that’s ok. They just don’t get it.
If he played for your team, you’d feel the same way – and honestly so would I.
But he doesn’t. He’s ours, and we love him.
When he’s at his best he’s a force to be reckoned with on the ice. Scoring goals and stopping them, drawing penalties and frustrating opponents into submission
Which is what makes escapades like his night in Edmonton so difficult to watch.
I believe a lot of things about PK Subban: that’s a top defenseman in the NHL, that he deserves to be on Canada’s Olympic team; and, most controversially, that he will one day being wearing the ‘C’ for the Montreal Canadiens.
Which is why crap like Wednesday night in Calgary needs to stop; I don’t want to take anything away from the Flames (surprising) hot start, but PK Subban lost that game for Montreal, despite also leading the comeback.
After cutting the lead to 3-2, with a Subban goal and assist, PK takes an absolutely pointless crosschecking penalty with under two minutes left to play and the Habs pressing for the equalizer.
Still burned up with a missed slashing call (a sequence that also ended in a Subban penalty) Subban left the ice yelling at the refs.
It’s moments like that where Number 76 becomes bigger than the game. Those moments can’t happen. Not if we’re going to win, not if PK wants to stay in Montreal.
It’s the guy we’ve come to known as “bad PK,” and while he’s been present less frequently over the past season, he was in full form in Edmonton.
After the game, good PK made his return (after a talking to from Coach, I’m sure) and said all the right, and very true, things.
“I cost my team. Whether you expect them to make the call with a minute and 50 seconds left you can’t cross check anybody. It’s a great effort for us working back, it was tough being the guy in the box watching that. I took two penalties today and they were both bad. It’s not a good feeling. I gotta be better for myself and better for my team.”
The following night in Edmonton, Subban put up three points and a +3 in a 4-1 win with no penalties in a team leading 25:34 TOI.
The PK we know, love and want.
And hopefully the one that shows up in Vancouver and sticks around for the rest of the season.
Montreal Canadiens Puck drop is at 10:00EST. Go Habs Go!