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For Subban, ‘controlling that emotion’ has been key

May 8, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

The PK Subban accolades keep rolling in.

Via Sun Media’s Chris Stevenson, the latest dose of praise for the Canadiens’ star defenseman comes from Montreal coach Michel Therrien:

Subban’s commitment to keeping his emotions in check has been noticeable as the Habs have built a 2-1 series lead over favored Boston. The excitable 24-year-old has been skating away from potential post-whistle scrums in front of goalie Carey Price, instead letting his stellar play do the talking.

“He’s controlling his emotions very well, and he’s being very composed,” said Price, a cool customer in his own right, per Yahoo Sports.

Granted, it’s only been three games versus the hated Bruins; Subban’s self-control will be tested further, as will the Canadiens’ collective composure. Boston’s myriad comebacks the past few seasons have been well-documented.

“The good part is that when you are behind, there’s no quit in this team,” said B’s coach Claude Julien, per the Toronto Star. “To me, that is a sign of character.”

At the same time, Therrien likes the way his team has been keeping its focus, given all the conceivable distractions.

“We’ve got a business attitude, we approach games with a business mindset,” said Therrien, per the Montreal Gazette. “This is what I like about our group.”

Game 4 goes tonight at the Bell Centre.

  1. montrealbbr - May 8, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Cant wait to see hime hoist that cup over his head! GO HABS GO!

    • iwt5007 - May 8, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      alright settle down, still got a long ways to go there bud

      • montrealbbr - May 8, 2014 at 12:51 PM

        As much as I hate to say it the Bruins will probably be the biggest test in the east for Montreal. New York isnt going to beat the Penguins and Pittsburghs depth cant compare to ours. And Price is probably the best goalie right now.

        I cant wait for tonight!

  2. theskinsman - May 8, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    As long as you’re posting things you hate to say, If by some miracle the habs beat boston, they have no chance against the Pens, who play the same quick, finesse game, only with better talent. And I despise the pens.

    • themagicman1223 - May 8, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      Habs have more depth than the Penguins, we have a better 3rd line, 4th line and better wingers. We also have better defense and goaltending, the only thing the Pens have on us is the top 2 centers. I would honestly say that the Bruins are a better team than the Penguins, they’re probably the best team in the east.

  3. jhuck92 - May 8, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    As it stands now, he’s my pick for the Conn Smythe. I’m very impressed.

    • avscup - May 8, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      Conn Smythe??? Kinda pre mature don’t ya think. He may not even be the best D in the cup. Martin, Doughty?

      Have you watched any other team? Kopitar?

      He has been exceptional though, for sure.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 8, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      I just threw up reading that.

  4. infectorman - May 8, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    He should really search youtube for film clips of Barry Sanders after he scored one of his many touchdowns. Toss the ball to the ref and get to the next play, to use an NFL analogy. In Boston he basically did just that and celebrated with his teammates.

    But in Montreal he had to ham it up for the home crowd, pining for the cameras and the front page of the next days Gazette while acting like a Pee Wee doing the “kayak” across center ice. Duplicitous. Act like you’ve been there before, even though you haven’t…No wonder he pisses off his teammates

    • jhuck92 - May 8, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      Who’s Barry Sanders? I thought this was a hockey blog…?

  5. bildomatic - May 8, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    As a Bruins fan I can’t stand Subban’s over the top antics (not that Marchand or the Bruins are Saints in that regard), but you have to be thick to deny this kid’s talent. He is EXPLOSIVE on the ice, seems to always find a seam getting his shots thru traffic from the point. He has been very impressive thus far in the series, can’t wait for game 4.

    • joey4id - May 8, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      He has become the heartbeat of the team. Ka-ching! Ka-ching! Ka-ching! Ka-ching! A lot of the profits from these playoffs will be deposited in #76’s bank account. Which one is the lucky financial institution? Ka-ching! Ka-ching!

  6. dboldave - May 8, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Hey, I love the Bruins but I don’t have a problem with Subban’s celebration or taunts. Yes, it is hard to stomach when he does it after a huge goal but he’s lead Montreal to these wins so if he wants to showboat, he’s earned the right to in my book.

    Now if he was playing terrible and did his thing after scoring a nothing goal, I’d think he was a jackass.

  7. 101starmymedic - May 8, 2014 at 2:26 PM


    They are not hitting Subban, getting in his face, or getting under his skin. When Subban plays like an angry child he is TERRIBLE. To shut-down Subban, you have to get under his skin and make him start playing like a pissed-off teenager.

    • joey4id - May 8, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      In case you missed the headline….. “For Subban, ‘controlling that emotion’ has been key” You can’t draw blood from a stone no matter how hard you try. B’s may be able to slow him down if they get on him before he turns on the jets…. but shutting him down for 60 mins is highly unlikely. Best for the B’s to get their top guns going and for Rask to be Rask.

  8. penvik - May 8, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    My god, enough with the Cinderella Canadiens media exposure, it’s out of hand. I live in Ontario and have family in Quebec and cannot simply stand ANY Canadian team. I’ll cheer for the Jets, but that’s it. The media is ridiculous and makes watching Canadian teams unwatchable. They always overrate them and not just a little, way over the top. On BOS/MON off days the sports news in Canada still has them as the number one story, in hour long sports shows!! WTF!!
    There’s other much MUCH better teams playing right now. Boston is in a funk and Tampa Bay shouldn’t have even been in the playoffs after the St. Louis debacle. Stamkos was a shell of himself, but yet somehow, everyone thinks it’s the Habs that are just playing good. My god, can’t wait till the East Final. The winner of Bos/Mon is going to get smoked, especially against Pittsburgh. Price is severely overrated (x10 in Canada) and Vanek too. Boston should win the rest of the games, but like I said, they’re in a dark place right now. It happens to lots of teams and they can go out like that or snap out of it. If they play their game, the Habs are doomed, like men against boys doomed. Look at the lineups for crying out loud. Rask vs Montreal is like Fleury vs Philly. Just something wrong mentally.
    If it’s not a Pittsburgh vs. LA/Chicago final then the refs decided to make it a circus again. Which sadly seems to be the case these days. Really wish Montreal would have faces Philly, NYR, or Columbus in the first round. They would have been humiliated. Best case scenario now is that Boston continues to choke and Habs get swept in the ECF. But as a Pens fan I really want to play Boston, because IMO the integrity of the league is at stake. Enough of the pretenders making deep runs, it’s embarrassing. What happens next year?? The Leafs win the cup, because that’s essentially the same as Montreal getting there. rant over

    • joey4id - May 8, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      Your words are very conflicting. You complain about the fact that the CANADIAN sports news, let me repeat, the CANADIAN sports news talks about the only CANADIAN team in the playoffs. OMG! You find this shocking….. Then you write; “Tampa Bay shouldn’t have even been in the playoffs after the St. Louis debacle. Stamkos was a shell of himself” Who cares at this point? Do as you wrote. Write about the other teams still in the playoffs. Rask vs Price….. idk…. in your twisted mind who’s been better? Before you worry about the integrity of the league, I suggest you concentrate on the integrity of the man you see in the mirror. Go Islanders! Oh! Wait! 😉

  9. muckleflugga - May 8, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    couldn’t agree more with penvik regarding coverage-overkill afforded canadian teams and canadian born players north of forty nine … and not just in playoffs with les canadiens as the last canadian commercial hope, but year round

    unless a person makes an effort to find broader coverage, including subscribing to specialized sports channels, it’s hopeless … market protection is the guiding principle, and when teams are owned wholly or in part by any media group, the product is tantamount to mind control driven purely by commercial interest, there’s nothing subliminal about it

    the flag-waving and maple leaf until you puke nationalism is as always, just a means to advance profit margins

    the plebeians who buy the message are nothing more than sheep in the warped and twisted patriotic machinery

    • jimeejohnson - May 9, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      Never puked nationalism. Mucous, yes. Beer, yes. Waffle House Chili, yes! But not nationalism.

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