There is no love lost between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens. However, last night’s hit from Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban to the head of the Bruins’ David Krejci just added fuel to a rivalry that is deeply rooted in violence.
However, the question that has to be asked from this hit is: Should Subban be suspended?
Prohockeytalk.com questions if the hit will earn Subban a call from the league office, saying:
Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban received his fair share of boos when he touched the puck when tonight’s game against the Boston Bruins started, but he’ll almost certainly hear more in future meetings. He didn’t exactly earn bonus points for “turtling” after this elbow on David Krejci, either. The question is: will a call from Brendan Shanahan be in his near future?
You can see in the video that Subban is coming in on Krejci as he is entering into Boston’s zone. Subban looks as if he’s going to hit Krejci with a clean check. However, when he raises his elbow it appears to connect with Krejci’s head.
If that is the case, Subban has to be sat down for a couple of games.
Following the hit, it sparked Andy Ference to jump Subban in defense of his teammate.
However, as you can see, Subban didn’t want any part of Ference. This prompted the Bruins defenseman to go onto WEEI’s "Dennis & Callahan Show" this morning and say:
"I wasn't that surprised. I think it's more embarrassing he was fighting his own teammates in practice [referring to a Jan. 2 incident in which Subban clashed with Tomas Plekanec]. I don't know. It was a hit to Krejci's head. I'm the smallest defenseman on our team, so I think he pulled a pretty good card on that one. But I guess he still didn't want to fight."
Ference said most players would be expected to engage in that situation. "Well, yeah, that's what you'd normally expect," he said. "But like I said, I wasn't extremely surprised. With most guys, it's a big hit to one of our key players, and obviously a high hit -- Krejci's got the marks on his face to prove it. So, that's usually pretty cut and dry."
Subban shouldn’t have come in high on Krejci. He had the hit lined up, and should have stayed low to deliver a crushing hip check. Instead, he led with his forearm/elbow and may get a call from the NHL front office.
But the question is, will he be held responsible for targeting another player’s head?
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