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Anderson calls Subban celebration ‘unnecessary’

Jan 17, 2014, 4:38 PM EDT

Craig Anderson didn’t like PK Subban‘s celebration last night, and…sigh…now everyone has to argue about it, apparently.

In case you missed it, here’s the celebration:

Per the Ottawa Citizen, here’s what Anderson had to say about it:

“I think you hit the key word there — it was unnecessary.

“I didn’t see us, when we scored our overtime goal (in a 4-3 win on Jan. 4 in Montreal), we didn’t skate around throwing our jersey up in the air like that.

“It’s one of those things where it’s his character, that’s the way he is, we all know about it.

“But it should make us all angry here that we don’t want that to happen again so we’ve got to win the games.”

Anyway, this kind of thing comes up from time to time in the NHL (see: Nail Yakupov). At the end of the day, some people enjoy demonstrative celebrations, while others prefer a more reserved approach.

  1. bwayblueshirt - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Who gives a puck? At least it wasn’t Joe Thornton. We all know how he’d celebrate… http://deadspin.com/joe-thornton-on-the-proper-explicit-way-to-celebrate-a-1443563064

  2. hardkor07mn - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Lets be clear, I can’t stand Subban but I think it was heat of the moment. I’ll take what he did any day over some of the garbage celebrations you see now days.

  3. joey4id - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Of course it was….. and so was Sestito’s attack on Nolan, or on Jackman, or Hansen’s attack on Vatanen. It happens…. get over it…. What’s with all the whiners in this league.

  4. mclovinhockey - Jan 17, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    He scored an OT winner to complete a nice comeback…

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 17, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      The rules are different for OT goals, even in the regular season. Next time, stop the puck.

  5. sjsharks66 - Jan 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Can Ottawa not complain about something for at least a week? I hate Subban and was ready to agree but that’s it? Id like to see more celebration for winning games. Since when is it wrong to celebrate a victory?

    • elvispocomo - Jan 17, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      Is he really complaining there though. He’s not saying the league should ban it or Subban was wrong for doing it, just that Ottawa should play better so they don’t have to see that kind of thing.

  6. ash0war - Jan 17, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Hate the guy every thing he does pisses me off. unnecessary is right… But it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be..

  7. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 17, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    I guess Anderson would rather have people focus on the celebration than on the ridiculously soft GWG that preceded it.

  8. Stiller43 - Jan 17, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Every single celebration is technically unnecessary, I hate Subban… But the celebration wasn’t over-the-top

  9. davebabychreturns - Jan 17, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Apparently someone is forcing Brough to post about this at gunpoint, since even he is tired of it..

    Anderson literally said “we don’t want that to happen again so we’ve got to win the games,” what more can anyone add?

    Basically this is a ‘PK Subban is a lightning rod for dumb criticism’ + ‘someone mentioned him’ = ‘OMG controversy!’ type of deal.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 17, 2014 at 6:44 PM

      But hey, page hits – amiright?

  10. stakex - Jan 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Wait, that was it? After I read “we didn’t skate around throwing our jersey up in the air like that.” I figured he took his jersey off a waived it around soccer style or something.

    To be clear perhaps a little restraint in celebrations is required at the NHL level, and I can’t stand Subban…. but this was nothing. I’ve seen far worse celebrations that no one ever said a word about.

    At the end of the day, the best solution is to win. Then you don’t have to watch the other team celebrate.

  11. stcrowe - Jan 17, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Good grief! What is with the current war against goal celebrations?

    I have to say that one of the cliches that needs to be abolished is “like you’ve done it before.”

    If Anderson doesn’t like goal celebrations, he should work harder at stopping goals.

  12. ryanw822 - Jan 17, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    geez, he acted like he wont the Stanley Cup.

    He knows better to pull that crap in front of the Bruins because if he did, he’d be trading stories about being carted off the ice with his boy Max.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 17, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      Hahahaha!.. Oh wait, you were serious about the being carted off thing? What are they going to do, call him racist names?

      http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2012/apr/26/joel-ward-boston-bruins-washington-capitals-racist-twitter

      • therooneyskilledwebster - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:17 AM

        Cuz the people of Boston aren’t as enlightened as those up in Montreal ?

  13. charlieconway96 - Jan 17, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Someone get Adam Oates on the phone quick! I must hear what he has to say!

  14. ejbigg - Jan 17, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Letting in that goal was unnecessary

  15. dumbassgreg - Jan 17, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    the world is upside down. years ago the russians were robots and north americans had emotion. now russian show joy when they play. north americans are suppose to robots. guess this what happens when you the mcneighborhood suburbs where all the houses look same everyone acts looks same.

  16. terrier92 - Jan 17, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Full disclosure life long Bruins fan who gets a warm fuzzy every time Habs lose Dislike Habs not a Subban fan yet lighten up Don’t wanna see guy celebrate stop the damm puck !!!

  17. sabatimus - Jan 17, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    I have little problem with Subban’s celebration. I have a big problem with him chicken-winging and/or outright grabbing other players’ sticks so he can force a phantom hook or a high stick. He’s a class-free player.

    • sabatimus - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:07 AM

      Nice to see sheep voting.

  18. guitarhunterdude - Jan 17, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Screw that noise, the NHL needs more of this. I want Terrell Owens-style dances/celebrations after goals. Give me maximum entertainment value for my dollars, NHL! Add some Flair (as in Ric Flair) to the game! More “unnecessary” goal cellies, please!

  19. richc111 - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    The celebration belongs in the NFL where they like to call it entertaining.

  20. hockeyflow33 - Jan 17, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Sure he can do it but have some personal pride and don’t act like a clown.

  21. polishblue - Jan 18, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    I don’t like pk very much but comon grow some skin

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