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The Canadiens battled back in the third period to send their game against Ottawa into overtime, but it was short-lived when Clarke MacArthur scored on the power play.
Canadiens defencman P.K. Subban was called for hooking Erik Condra with 18 seconds left in regulation — a call that left him scratching his head after the game.
“I’d like to get an explanation of what I did wrong there,” Subban said.
He said he thought Canadiens’ goaltender Carey Price had the puck.
“I thought the play was over. It just didn’t really make sense to me.”
“Other than that, it seems like it’s personal to me because it has nothing to do with the game,” Subban added.
“Based on the standard of penalties, I don’t see a penalty there at all.”
Subban had the backing of Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.
“We were all able to see the penalty that was handed out,” Therrien said.
“One thing is certain: it’s not P.K.’s fault and I support him.”
Daniel Brière, who missed the last two games as a healthy scratch, scored two goals and picked up an assist. He was moved up during the game from the fourth line to the wing on Tomas Plekanec’s line.
“You try to take advantage of the moment. That’s all I was telling myself,” said Brière who scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season.
“We had success before, good things are going to happen. That’s all I was trying to think about.”
Brière competed and that’s what they ask of him, Therrien said. He went into the dirty areas and was rewarded for it, the coach said.
“He played a really, really good game.”
You can watch what Subban had to say after the game here:
And you can listen to Brière here:
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