Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Braydon Coburn drew a double-minor penalty in the first period of Game 2 by refusing to retaliate on Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust.
Although Coburn’s disipline gave the Lightning a four-minute man advantage, Don Cherry says the 6-foot-5, 220 lb. defenceman should have stood up for himself and let Prust have it.
“I will never, ever want one of my players acting like Coburn here,” Cherry said. “This is Sedin stuff.”
Cherry cited the Vancouver Canucks Sedin twins in reference to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final when Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand levied Daniel Sedin with several jabs.
“You can tell me I’m wrong. I would not want one of my players acting like that,” Cherry added.
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It was the Canadiens’ lack of discipline that allowed the Lightning to keep the game in check after the former came out of the gate very much in control.
After escaping a four-minute penalty kill via Prust, the Canadiens went down a man again as P.K. Subban took a minor for cross-checking Ryan Callahan. Valtteri Filppula brought the Lightning even with a power-play marker with less than 30 seconds remaining in the period.