P.K. Subban got the Nashville Predators on the board with a power-play marker late in the first period of Thursday’s Game 7 against the Winnipeg Jets but the goal wasn’t without some controversy.
Subban went down after being nudged by Jets forward Kyle Connor, who was subsequently called for a cross-checking minor. Less than a minute later Subban scored his fourth of the post-season, which did not sit well with Don Cherry, who accused Subban of embellishing.
“The players know when to dive and I’ve known Subban ever since he was a little kid and I really like him,” Cherry said while analyzing the penalty during Coach’s Corner. “He’s smart [but] look at that! It’s the seventh game! Look at the dive! And then look who scores the goal!
“He should’ve been in [the penalty box] for diving.”
The goal gave the Predators some much-needed momentum heading into the second period as Nashville was down 2-0 at the time after Pekka Rinne was pulled for allowing two ugly goals on seven shots.