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P.K. Subban, Michel Therrien downplay benching

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10:52 AM ET 01.11 | Invoking said notion earlier this week, coach Michel Therrien nailed the keyster of his best skater -- and freshly-minted Team Canada defenceman -- P.K. Subban for 11 minutes of the third period with his team down two goals on the road. There's an argument of course that the only concept that matters involves taking two points, or at minimum one, but no, Therrien decided that Subban -- whose sin was taking a stupid penalty at the end of the second period by punching the Philadelphia Flyers' Sean Couturier in a post-whistle scrum -- needed to be made an example of, or somesuch. No one is bigger than the team, and if hurting the team in short term to make that point is required, so be it. This, as is typical of events involving Therrien and Subban, has become A Thing, with fans, commentators and various formers (coaches, players) weighing in pro or con. On Friday, both parties sought to minimize the affair. "As far as I'm concerned it's not such a big thing, we're talking about a lack of about eight minutes in ice time, what's that, four shifts? It's not that much," Therrien said. Subban, for his part, said "that's the coach's decision, listen, we're running a team here. That's what the verdict was, I just took it, and when it was time to play I went out and did my thing."

The Globe and Mail

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January 11, 2014  11:32 AM ET

I wonder if Therrien will lend Babs his stapler for the Olympics.

January 11, 2014  11:33 AM ET

Good coaching by the Coach , and good response by the Player. Between the Duff/Comrie news and this , i can see why Saturdays are lightly visited by the regulars

January 11, 2014  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Good coaching by the Coach , and good response by the Player. Between the Duff/Comrie news and this , i can see why Saturdays are lightly visited by the regulars

But some of us irregulars show up. :)

January 11, 2014  11:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

But some of us irregulars show up. :)

just increase your fibre intake

January 11, 2014  11:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

just increase your fibre intake

Like putting prune juice on my bran flakes?

January 11, 2014  12:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Like putting prune juice on my bran flakes?

And nibble on some Mini-Wheats(tm). That'll do the trick

January 11, 2014  12:23 PM ET

Sounds like something Disco Dan ought to do with Malkin after last night. He pushed Dubnyk's stick to the corner after the puck had cleared the zone while the Pens were on a Power Play. Stupid, stupid, stupid!

January 11, 2014  12:30 PM ET

Definitely a light news cycle today, not that the high fibre diet tips haven't been well received. I'm off to Safeway now.

January 11, 2014  01:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I wonder if Therrien will lend Babs his stapler for the Olympics.

PK needs a zipper for his mouth as mush as a stapler for his arse.

January 11, 2014  01:13 PM ET

".... listen, we're running a team here. That's what the verdict was, I just took it, and when it was time to play I went out and did my thing."

You mean ... you went out and took another stupid penalty?

January 11, 2014  03:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

And nibble on some Mini-Wheats(tm). That'll do the trick

Chocolate and beer did it for me once.

January 11, 2014  06:12 PM ET

That ain't even how you spell keister. Keester is also acceptable. Rule of thumb - if you can't spell your slang, don't use it - dyp-styck.

January 11, 2014  07:08 PM ET
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Sounds like something Disco Dan ought to do with Malkin after last night. He pushed Dubnyk's stick to the corner after the puck had cleared the zone while the Pens were on a Power Play. Stupid, stupid, stupid!

And ... Deva Dubnyk was ripe for the taking too.

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January 11, 2014  09:03 PM ET
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The kid is an idiot. I've never heard of a supposed Norris winner getting benched til now, but then again..............................

Butt, then again, so is his Coach (and probably so is his GM, too - eh).

 
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