BOSTON – P.K. Subban ended up on the losing side of the ledger when Game 2 ended against the Bruins despite a pair of big assists on the power play, but showed that he’s a winner in the game of life following the contest. The Montreal defenseman showed great composure in performing at a high level again in Game 2 one day after a group of racist tweets cropped up in the social media. Subban had scorched home the overtime game-winner in Game 1, and an undetermined number of ignorant, hateful cowards took to Twitter to insult the black All-Star defenseman.
Subban didn’t comment on the incident during Friday’s off day, but did respond rather eloquently when asked about it following Saturday’s matinee at TD Garden.
“The Boston Bruins are an original six franchise, they have been around for a very long time and they are respected. It’s completely unfair for anybody to point the finger at the organization or the fan base. They have passionate fans here, a great fan base and since I’ve been in the league it’s been awesome,” said Subban. “I’ve come to Boston many times, my family has come here, and it’s been great. What people may say on Twitter or social media is not a reflection by any means of the league, or the Boston Bruins.
“Whoever that is, they’ll get dealt with, but it’s completely separate from this league or the Boston Bruins organization. I know some of those players personally on that team, and the fan base has been awesome. It’s unfortunate when things take away from the great hockey that was played two days ago. It was a fantastic game, great for the league, great for hockey and that’s what we are going to talk about.”
The Bruins came out strongly against the tweets on Friday with Cam Neely calling them “classless” and “racist” in a prepared statement, and Subban seemed to genuinely appreciate the support he received league-wide in the aftermath.
“I’m happy now that we can just move on. You know what the funny thing is, is that we get stronger as a league, you see how people come together and it’s great. It’s not just about me, the NHL has tons of players from different backgrounds, from different places around the world and that’s what makes this league so special,” said Subban. “That’s what makes sports so special…it brings everybody together. It was another great hockey game today, I’m sure everybody enjoyed it and I look forward to the rest of the series, and everybody else should too.”
And with that Subban showed just how much better a job his parents did in raising him than the mouth-breathing, hateful morons that started the entire ugly situation with their distasteful words.