The Montreal Canadiens were just a couple of minutes away from at least a point in Wednesday night’s game against the Colorado Avalanche, when P.K. Subban lost an edge, and the puck inside the Colorado blue-line.
The Avalanche picked it up, and went down the ice for the winning goal. The play stood out to Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien, who was less than pleased with his star defenceman after the game.
“We played hard, played a solid game, (it’s) too bad an individual mistake cost us the game late in the game,” Therrien said. “As a coach I thought he could have had a better decision at the blue-line… and he put himself in a tough position.”
Therrien seemed to punish Subban by benching him while Montreal was in search of the tying goal, choosing to put out Andrei Markov and Nathan Beaulieu as his two defencemen while the team pressed with the net empty.
Down 3-2 in the final 30 seconds, the #habs had Plekanec, Galchenyuk, Andrighetto, Beaulieu and Markov on the ice.
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Subban, to his credit, took responsibility for the play.
"Going down the wall I had full possession I just crossed over and lost an edge, doesn’t happen to me too often but it sucks that that’s the winning goal," he said. "If I do that play all over again and don’t lose an edge I probably take it down the wall and create something, but in this case I lost an edge and turned the puck over."
The Canadiens have now lost 13 of their last 18 games, and tensions appear to be running high. This is a team that got off to the best start in their franchise's history, but has since lost Carey Price to injury and are now six points out of the playoffs.