Actor Chris Noth, who played “Mr. Big” in the Sex and the City HBO television series, was in attendance at the Bell Centre to watch the Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.
But the real Mr. Big for the Canadiens is P.K. Subban, who was named the first star of Game 3.
Subban had a goal and an assist while logging 27:50 of ice time as the Canadiens took a 2-1 series lead heading into Game 4 Thursday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
In seven playoff games, Subban has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) and ranked third in NHL playoff scoring through Tuesday’s games. The only players with more points were Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings (4-10-14) and Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild (4-9-13).
“I’ve matured, I’ve gotten older,” Subban told reporters after the game. “I have a little bit of facial hair, but I play the same game.
“I play well defensively,” he added. “I move the puck. I’ve always been a team guy. It’s just (that) I don’t think anyone expected me to do it at this level.
“There’s a lot of things I think I can do better. I’m pissed off they scored that second goal and I’m on the ice for it. You’re not always going to play a perfect game, but I look at the big picture. We got the win, that’s the important thing.”
The Canadiens held an optional practice at noon Wednesday in Brossard, with 16 players taking part. The six players who decided to skip the practice were Thomas Vanek, Rene Bourque, Tomas Plekanec, Josh Gorges, Alexei Emelin and Andrei Markov.
(Photo by Allen McInnis/The Gazette)
(Post-practice locker-room videos by The Gazette’s John Mahoney)