P.K. Subban played a key role in the Canadiens’ 3-0 victory Saturday over the New York Rangers, picking up assists on all three goals.
He’s definitely playing “inspired hockey for our team,” Coach Michel Therrien said after the game.
“He’s confident. I like his attitude. He wants to learn,” Therrien said. They’ve asked him to be responsible with and without the puck and it’s an aspect of his game that has greatly improved, Therrien said.
When he was asked about his personal performance after the game, Subban turned the focus back on the team.
“We’re playing well as a team. We’re doing some great things out there,” Subban told reporters.
Therrien also dished out praise for goaltender Carey Price who faced 34 shots and earned his third shut-out. “He was phenomenal,” Therrien said. “He was in control. He was square to the puck. He played a great, great game.”
Nathan Beaulieu, the Canadiens’ first-round draft pick in 2011, made his National Hockey League debut and finished the evening with 17:17 minutes of ice time.
“It’s definitely special to get the first one under my belt,” said Beaulieu, 20, who acknowledged feeling a bit nervous early in the game.
Beaulieu’s parents and sister were in attendance for the milestone.
“Nathan played a solid game,” Therrien said. “He made some good passes, kept his game simple and he’s got good vision with the puck, so he’s good with the transition game. And defensively he was not out of place. For a first game, we’re pleased.”
You can hear what Beaulieu had to say after the game below:
You can hear what Subban had to say after the game below: