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Habs’ Subban: We can beat the Sens, we’re better

May 8, 2013, 5:46 PM EDT

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PK Subban isn’t lacking confidence.

Down 3-1 to Ottawa in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals following a stunning 3-2 OT loss on Tuesday, the Montreal defenseman is anxious to get back out for Game 5 — and beat a Sens team he thinks Montreal is better than.

“We can sit and talk about [Game 4] all we want, but it’s over with,” he told reporters on Wednesday. “Quite frankly, I want to beat these guys. We have another opportunity tomorrow to play, and we can beat these guys.

“We’re better.”

The Canadiens feel that, despite trailing in games, this series is closer than it appears. They’ve been besieged by injury (Lars Eller, Brian Gionta, Carey Price, Ryan White, Brandon Prust) and lost Game 1 despite out-shooting Ottawa 50 to 31.

After bouncing back with a win in Game 2, they were throttled 6-1 in Game 3, but rebounded to build up a 2-0 lead in Game 4 — then watch it evaporate in the final 8:05.

Senators forward Mika Zibanejad cut the lead to one on a controversial skate-directed marker, and Cory Conacher scored with 23 seconds left to send it to overtime.

In OT, Kyle Turris scored on replacement netminder Peter Budaj to push the Habs to the brink of elimination.

Game 5 goes on Thursday at the Bell Centre, which should be raucous.

“We’ve got to turn the page and get ready for tomorrow,” Subban explained. “Like I said, we’re a better team. And I think we know that in this dressing room.”

  1. drewsylvania - May 8, 2013 at 6:05 PM


  2. phillyphanatic77 - May 8, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Montreal has a good half season and suddenly they think they’re world-beaters. Sorry PK, the Habs are overrated. But the playoffs aren’t necessarily about talent anyway, it’s about heart and determination. Look at the Isles-Pens series if you need another example. If Montreal is really the better team then they better start showing it. Quickly.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - May 8, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      Well said

    • greenmtnboy31 - May 8, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      Half season? Ummmm they won their division dummy.

      • drewzducks - May 8, 2013 at 11:00 PM

        Yes they won their division, which other than an apparent worthless #2 seed gets them nothing, but they were also 9-9-0 after starting 20-5-5.

      • phillyphanatic77 - May 8, 2013 at 11:16 PM

        Umm yes it was HALF a season. In case you weren’t paying attention the lockout limited the normal 82-game schedule to 48 games. That means it was just a handful of games over half a normal season, dummy.

      • tuberippin - May 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM

        These two statements are not related. Stop being stupid. They won their division in a half-season of play.

      • greenmtnboy31 - May 9, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        How can a phillyphanatic stop being stupid? It’s not possible.

  3. mgp1219 - May 8, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Sounds like Subban is trying to convince himself and his team. No one else is buying it. Suck it, Subban!

  4. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 8, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    well. don’t know if they are overrated. who exactly rated them? anyway. seems to me they are too small and to weak at the D position. subban is saying the right things, which doesn’t mean he’s right. Sens, if not tomorrow, should be able to wrap this up and move on to the next team.

  5. 19to77 - May 8, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    I’m sure P.K. Subban is arrogant enough to believe his own message – but ego and reality don’t mix well, and the Senators are still the better team. Wonder which teammate he’ll start screaming at from the bench next. When put under pressure, he’s the first to look for teammates to blame.

    • greenmtnboy31 - May 9, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      The reality is the Habs finished first and the Sens finished fourth in the same division. Even a third grader could figure out who is the better team based on that alone. The Sens have a hot goalie at the moment and that is what has made the difference.

  6. vipod4ever - May 8, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Expectations created after a good run in a shortened season.Habs are no better than the Isles. Some very talented players (PK, Markov & maybe Price),but the rest are either very young or marginal. The Sens have the same talent on D, and some war horses up front. Sorry, not scoring in the 3rd period all series speaks volumes about the lack of talent or experience up front for the Habs. They are who most in the know thought they were.

    • 19to77 - May 8, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      Oh, please. The Isles are much better. You think the Habs would be tied with the Pens right now?

    • greenmtnboy31 - May 9, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      As a Habs fan, I’m not sure I would put Price in the very talented category and I certainly wouldn’t put “the rest” in the “very young or marginal” category; that’s just being a muttonhead. Being a muttonhead is not a good thing. Gallagher is very young, but he’s also likely going to win rookie of the year, so that wouldn’t make him marginal. No one else on the roster under the age of 24 is getting any ice time, except Subban & two others.

  7. sportsfaninyyc - May 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Of course he’s gonna say that! Did people expect him to say we’ve got too many regulars out of the lineup, so we can’t compete??

    • paintmered21 - May 8, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      how about he just shuts up for once?

  8. paintmered21 - May 8, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    the punk subban running his mouth again. i hope they stretcher him out next game.

  9. bruinssuck - May 8, 2013 at 7:47 PM


  10. govtminion - May 8, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Fine, PK, but if that’s true… what’s stopping you? Why haven’t you swept the Senators off the ice? Why are you down 3-1 in the series?

    The Habs may be the better team on paper, but if that’s true then this is even worse for them- a team they believe they can just flat out beat is making them look pretty bad. And as usual, Subban is jawing about it, but not doing much about it.

  11. istallion - May 8, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    F the Sens. They are lucky 5 Key Habs are injured and the refs were helping them in game 4.

  12. greenmtnboy31 - May 8, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    The Sens have one guy who has played outstanding and carried this team, their goalie.

  13. bman7206 - May 8, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Typical baby whining from the flopping Habs! Total embarrassment to the sport! European soccer anyone?

  14. vipod4ever - May 8, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Not taking anything away from the Isles. Just saying the Habs 2nd spot was not indicative of their talent. The Isles have one huge advatange….M-A Fleury!

  15. spinner1952 - May 9, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Yes the Habs are better than any team in the East at this time but only over 40 minutes .. they are back to their bad habits of trying ti protect a lead, which they can’t because of their size. There’s only one way for the habs to be successful … Playing FULL SPEED for 60 minutes = You can’t hit what you can’t see …. :-)

  16. greenmtnboy31 - May 9, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    What the heck is going on today? Is this the day all the local libraries let the town idiots have access to the internet?

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