WILMINGTON, MA When theres no injury, and even the victim of a questionable hit has no problem with it, thats a recipe for no supplemental discipline in the NHL.
P.K. Subban was whistled off for elbowing after a hit on David Krejci ended with a flourish up by the Bs centers head. Andrew Ference jumped on the Montreal defenseman, standing up for his fallen teammate.
Krejci didnt speak after the 2-1 victory over the Canadiens on Thursday night but addressed the media on Friday morning. He said he does not think the Subban hit was dirty or suspension-worthy. The 26-year-old Czech center was perfectly fine, aside from some scratches on his face, and didnt want to talk about the incident beyond absolving Subban of any wrongdoing.
Several viewings of the hit also show that Subban didnt leave his feet before making contact with Krejci, the elbow never made contact with the Bs center, and the head wasnt the principal point of contact. Instead, a showy flourish by Subban at the end of the hit made it seem like hed thrown a forearm shiver at Krejcis head.
Im okay and I dont want to talk about Subban because I thought it was a clean hit. I want to talk about other things. Some hits happen during the game and this one was maybe a big one. But those happen, said Krejci. When one of us goes down the rest of us come in there and help. Andy did that for me and I thanked him for that. We all like each other here. If we didnt then we wouldnt do that kind of thing. You can see it on the ice.
Subban may get a call from the league and a warning from NHL Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan saying hes now on the leagues radar for supplemental discipline, but no hearing has been scheduled. Claude Julien said the Subban hit could have gone either way, but didnt want to lobby in the media for supplemental discipline by the league.
It appears that the Bs coach wanted to leave the propaganda to other teams in the league that use that as one of the clubs in their golf bag.
When you look at it its one of those things where its hard to swing it one way or the other, said Julien. Thats one where well have to let the league look at it and how they define it. You could look at it and go either way. Is it that bad of a hit? Is there an elbow involved?
I didnt waste too much time dissecting it because the league is going to get involved either way. We dont lobby. Were just going to move on and take care of business.
One day later it appears that cooler heads have prevailed with the Bruins when it comes to the Subban hit on Krejci. They wont be spending any more time dwelling on an incident with the last place team in their division.