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Vincent Lecavalier on P.K. Subban: ‘Most of the guys don’t respect a guy like that’

Mar 18, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

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In case you were wondering, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier won’t face any discipline after getting thrown out of last night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens for a slash on P.K. Subban.

To give you a quick refresher, Lecavalier and Subban repeatedly exchanged shoves that eventually escalated to a couple slashes from Subban followed by a big two-handed number by Lecavalier. On first impact it looked like a brutal blow, but upon further review it actually ended up being one of the “better” acting jobs by a Canadiens player since then Habs-forward Mike Ribeiro drew a penalty by writhing on the ice.

Damian Cristodero caught up with Lecavalier, getting his thoughts on the situation with Subban. In the fine tradition of Sean Avery and other pests, it seems like Subban’s antics aren’t making him many friends.

Asked if he believed Subban milked it for the refs, Lecavalier said easily, “Oh, of course.”

On Friday morning, Lecavalier commented further on Subban:

“Everybody knows he was playing a role there. Myself and probably most of the guys don’t respect a guy like that. He’s the type of guy who doesn’t respect anybody. It’s all there is to say. He’s not a well-liked guy, not because of the way he plays but because of the way he does things. He’s a great player.  He will be for a long time. But his attitude, that’s just the way he is.”

I used to call Avery the “Bart Simpson” of the NHL, but Subban might be a better fit for that role. Then again, Subban’s act worked – for better or worse – in that Lecavalier lost his cool and was thrown out of the game. In the end, both come away looking a bit silly, but at least neither player ended up injured.

  1. govtminion - Mar 18, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    I look forward to the outrage from Montreal fans regarding diving in the NHL, and expect them to hold a large rally in front of their stadium very soon to show their intolerance of… oh, hold on, it was a Montreal player hamming it up? Oh, well, then nevermind.

  2. stakex - Mar 19, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Subban is nothing but a diving sissy.

    Did anyone watch the Rangers game last night? He intentionaly elbowed Lundquist in the head… and then when challanged to drop the golves he skated away, and only acted like he wanted to fight when the refs were already breaking them up. Not to mention when he dropped his gloves he actually made an effort to run from the fight before it started… what a joke.

    If you want to be the arogant D-Bag… you need to be able to back it up. Being known as a wussy with a capital P, and being known as a league leading diver (actually, Crosby holds that title) does not at all back up that attitude Subban has. Thats why no one respects him… so expect to see Subban take some brutal hits over the next couple years.

  3. gallyhatch - Mar 19, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Cue the Canadiens’ fans:

    “Call the Mounties!!!
    He can’t talk that way about one of the Habs & get away with it! If the NHL won’t do something about it than the Montreal police will!!! ”

    The Canadiens are the NHL version of a diving / flopping European soccer team, and their whiny self entitled fanbase are one of the worst in professional sports.
    They riot when they lose in the playoffs & call the police when one of their players gets hurt on a clean legal check.
    It just makes it so much easier to hate that team & city.

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