I imagine some of that must get his adrenaline pumping.
It was certainly pumped at the end of the second period on Wednesday night with the Canadiens scoring shorthanded to cut the Flyers lead to 3-1. Following the horn at the end of the period, the Flyers and Canadiens came together in a bit of a scrum behind the Canadiens net.
All five players from each team had a hold of their counterpart with the referees and linesmen in the middle. There was some pushing and shoving along with some jawing but it appeared like it was going to break up.
But it didn't.
Subban, who had a hold of Sean Couturier's jersey, punched Couturier right in the face while being separated from him. It was a clear cheap-shot that warranted a penalty as he would begin the third period in the penalty box for two minutes thanks to a roughing minor.
Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien was asked if he wasn't happy with Subban following the scrum. He didn't mix words. "I didn’t like the penalty," Therrien explained. "Especially after a scrum – 20 seconds after a scrum. It’s not a hockey play. So no, I was not happy."
How unhappy was Therrien? Enough to bench the reigning Norris Trophy-winner for the first half of the third period with his team down by two goals. Subban played six seconds immediately following the expiration of his penalty because he was released from the box in the middle of the play. He did not touch the ice again until there was 8:32 remaining in the game.
The punch Couturier took cost the Subban a lot more than two minutes in the box.
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