A few hours before Thursday nights game P.K. Subban was ticking off the reasons he thought the Bruins aren't a dirty or dishonest team.
In the third period the Montreal defenseman pulled the most dishonest act of the game when he lined up David Krejci for a hit, and then threw a forearm and elbow right under Krejcis chin as the initial point of contact. Subban was whistled off for elbowing and greeted by a charging, ornery Andrew Ference immediately after the questionable hit.
Subban predictably pulled his turtle routine as Ference attempted to drop the gloves, looking for the flamboyant Habs blueliner to defend his actions, and both players were slapped with penalties. But, inexplicably, the referees gave Montreal a power play when Ference was slapped with a double-minor for roughing, and essentially rewarded Subban for the rat-like behavior many want out of hockey.
It also opened the door for Montreals only goal a Mathieu Darche power play strike in the third period of Bostons 2-1 victory at TD Garden. But Claude Julien said thats the price to pay for protecting your teammates.
It cost us a goal, and we certainly dont like that part of it. We cant just be happy when it turns out well, and then criticize them when it doesnt. Our guys are a group of guys that stick together. I like to see that, said Julien. I couldnt see it from where it was on the bench because it happened in front of theirs, and it was called elbowing. I dont know where he elbowed him.
But if it was a dangerous elbow, then youd hope, again, that Im going to go back to what I said less than a week ago -- were going to police ourselves as far as protecting ourselves. Thats the way weve decided to handle it. Sometimes it comes with consequences. But at the end of the day I think that everybody knows if theyre going to cross the line with us, theyre going to have to face the music.
The good news: Krejci appeared to be okay following the attempt to throw a knockout punch to Bostons hottest offensive player amidst a 10-game point streak. But Subban might just be hearing from Brendan Shanahan and the NHL Department of Player Safety after a pretty clear collision targeting Krejcis head that could have been a devastating body check if the Montreal defenseman had just kept it clean.
Further good news: Subban may face more music than simply getting rag-dolled all over the ice by Ference.