The Montreal Canadiens defenceman was visibly upset after an attempted clear from Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly deflected off a linesman and bounced towards Evander Kane who immediately scored the game-sealing empty-net goal late in the third period.
Subban couldn’t understand how the linesman didn’t make an effort to get out of the way and was tossed from the game for arguing with the official.
“I looked around to see if he was going to blow [the whistle,]” Subban told reporters after the game. “The puck is coming out of the zone. It hits the linesman. He’s standing there and sees the puck coming. It goes back to the player and he puts it in the open net. It just doesn’t make any sense to me.
“Are we supposed to smile and be happy after that and say, ‘Thank you’ to the linesman? I don’t think so. I’m a little bit disappointed about that, because I felt there was a minute left in the game [and] we still had a chance to score.”
Kane realized he caught a bit of a break, but he acknowledged that it’s all part of the game.