Canadiens captain Brian Gionta and Ryan White are out with upper-body injuries and won’t play Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Habs’ playoff series with the Ottawa Senators (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690). The Senators hold a 2-1 lead over the Canadiens in the best-of-seven series.
P.K. Subban wasn’t available to the media after the team’s optional skate Tuesday morning at Scotiabank Place. However, coach Michel Therrien and defenceman Josh Gorges welcomed Subban’s nomination for the James Norris Memorial Trophy. Subban is one of three finalists for the award for the league’s best defenceman.
“It’s great for him. I think he deserves it,” Gorges said. “He’s had a fantastic year.”
Said Therrien: “We’re very happy about his nomination.”
The coach added: “We like the way that he’s been playing for us. He’s a lot more dependable than he was a few years ago. And that’s a good sign. He’s getting better and better and it’s well deserved.”
Therrien also talked about how Subban has matured and made a lot of progress all season long. And the defenceman is only 23 with room for his game to go to another level.
“And that’s the fun part of it for us,” Therrien said. “We’ve got a young man who’s got a great talent, he’s a force out there, he’s powerful and he wants to get better.”
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