P.K. Subban perplexed by late-game penalty after Habs 4-3 overtime loss (VIDEO)

(Photo: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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:

(Video: Brenda Branswell)


  1. Cdnman1 says:

    it is very suspicious when the same ref also disallows a good goal for no other reason as he intended to blow the whistle. There was absolutely no reason to blow the whistle.

    Number 25 in 2014!

  2. The Teacher says:

    That was after turris ran price.

  3. smiler2729 says:

    How Bad Was Gauthier Dept.:

    I got my kid NHL14 for the Xbox and set him up to play a season as the Habs. About 4 games in he calls me upstairs and asks how he can trade Rene Bourque back to Calgary for his favourite player Mike Cammalleri.

    I go to the GM option and offer the trade and the computer Flame GM laughs at me so I throw in Louis Leblanc, cpu Cgy laughs again, so I throw some other recently drafted Euro prospect, cpu GM asks for more, so I threw in yet another recent prospect and we finally get a deal.

    How pathetic was Goats?

    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
    The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

  4. GL says:

    Have to agree with TIMO it’s a 60-minute game play for 50 and you get burnt that was the real story and that’s why they loss not the penalty. If they had played for 60 minutes like the last 50 it wouldn’t have even gone to overtime it would have been a win for them.

  5. Timo says:

    This was the most frustrating hockey day in a long time.

  6. Plekasuares says:

    Briere needs to keep this up!

    • smiler2729 says:

      I like Briere because his name is beer in French in a drunken dyslexic franglais way… burp!! G’night.
      Jack Edwards is a clam.
      Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
      The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

  7. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Asked in another thread, which was then usurped… Anyone know who “won” the Kreider v Princess Phaneuf bout?

    • ProHabs says:

      Don’t know but why the hell would the Habs draft Louis Leblanc over Chris Kreider. Must have been the obsession with small forwards of the previous regime.

  8. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    PS; how cool is it that my phone autocorrects “have” to “Habs”?

  9. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Indeed, Habs should Habs cashed in on the 5-3, but how many times have they successfully defended against those, and how mediocre is their PP at the best of times? If Bouillon hadn’t scored the own goal, the Habs win in regulation. Hockey is a fast game of strange bounces, and the referees are in way over their heads. There should be a comprehensive review of the present system, and an overhaul of the refereeing of NHL hockey.

  10. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Oh hi Timo. Thanks for bringing your sunny outlook and bright smile! You’re like a magic pixie!

  11. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Adidess: slow clap. Brilliant.
    The Jackal: thanks for replicating here. Great insights.

  12. Timo says:

    So Habs are now going to be Ottawa’s b!tches? For how long is that Ottawa domination going to last now? Another 20 years while we are waiting for the future?

    Of course, the last minute penalty and the refs are to blame. How about if these stiffs showed starting the first period and not the third they wouldn’t have to come back from 3-1 deficit and game would have been over penalty or not.

    Why can’t these primadonnas play entire 60 minutes. This team is so incredibly infuriating.

  13. durocher says:

    We’ve seen what the Habs are capable of — an excellent third period tonight and an excellent 2nd and 3rd in the last game. If they bring that compete level and speed for a full 60, they will be a solid team. Consistency is the key, and that goes double for Briere. While Briere may have bought himself more time, and Gio too, I can’t say the same for Bourque.

    I also think this is the 6 D we should be playing (until Pateryn or Tinordi is called up) — Diaz is small and doesn’t have the physicality of Cube.

  14. Thomas Le Fan says:

    P.K. wonders what he did wrong there? Hey, while wearing a red, white and blue jersey you were in the general vicinity of someone wearing a different coloured sweater, who fell down when he had no other play. What could be clearer?

    Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

  15. The Jackal says:

    Aaaaannnd exhale.
    OK, that feels better.

    Thoughts on tonight:
    1) Habs showed character once more by coming back and forcing OT – previous editions of the Habs would have called it a night. Good to see the culture has indeed changed. Can’t take that away from MB and MT.

    2) Briere was not a bad signing, but it will be hard to see how he fits into the lineup. Taking a page out of Burke’s book, if he won’t be used in a top 6 role and on the PP, then he is ineffective. It will hard to see how he can fit in this season but he is still able to contribute in the clutch.

    3) Markov and PK need to get back together. Rumour has it they don’t like seeing other people and wanna get back together, so our hearts will be mended soon, hopefully.

    4) Our D situation is terrible. Some say we should call up a guy from the farm, but a rookie won’t fix what ails this team’s defence situation right away. If anything, they’ll struggle a bit this year. Better make room for them so they can start up with the big club next season.

    5) The refs in the NHL are too inconsistent and they are pretty bad on too many nights. Let’s do away with the conspiracy theory BS that the league wants them to fix games, etc., etc. – that’s just nuts. Hockey is a fast game and it is hard to call, that’s why there are discrepancies between similar plays and infractions and the outcomes that follow. Refs are also just human and of course make mistakes, and from what I’ve seen from 24/7 and 24 CH the refs seem to be influenced by players’ reputations and stuff like that. For these reasons, refs need to be held accountable and taken to task more often. On top of that, we need a coaches’ challenge feature to review questionable calls.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      Conspiracy? When given a choice between that and plain incompetence, I choose the latter. First of all, the linesmen tend to do a great job. Not so much the referees. They might as well admit the game is just too fast for them and since the NHL started insisting on the clamping down on “Obstruction”, a lot of marginal crap is being called and embellishment is rampant.
      Don’t referees ever watch hockey?

      Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

    • rhino514 says:

      Wouldn´t be surprised if the team tries to land a solid D in a trade involving one of our D prospects. If the D available is rock solid I would do it.
      They are going to hope Briere and Gionta play young in the playoffs anyway, they have a ton of playoff experience, so may as well shore up the D instead of trade for another middling winger to further exacerbate the logjam for playing time. Doesn´t seem like managament has confidence in any of the Big Three in Hamilton to take the final step just yet. In any case even if Pateryn for example is called up it´s alot to ask of a rookie to stabilize the defence.
      I can see this team doing well in the playoffs if they have the D under control, freeing up the forwards to be more creative offensively.

  16. BCG says:

    Boone called it obvious in his in-game reporting. I’d like to hear why he thought it was obvious.

  17. Adidess says:

    What Sean Avery said

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