In the closing seconds of Saturday night’s game, Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was called for hooking Ottawa’s Erik Condra. See if you can spot the hook:
“I’d like to get an explanation of what I did wrong there,” Subban said. “I thought Carey had the puck. I thought the play was over. It just didn’t really make sense to me.”
The Senators converted their power play opportunity in overtime to claim a 4-3 victory over the Habs.
The referees were Marc Joannette (#25) and Francois St. Laurent (#38).
“I think I’ve always been pretty positive with my reaction to [the officiating] and respecting the game and respecting the decisions that are made,” Subban said after the game. “There aren’t too many times after the game where I catch myself laughing after we lose because with 18 seconds left.”
“It seems like it’s personal to me. It has nothing to do with the game. Based on the standard of penalties, I don’t see a penalty there. If it doesn’t make sense on the ice [and] it doesn’t make sense as a penalty, then what else is it?”
Only Joannette and St. Laurent can answer that one. In the NHL, though, they don’t have to.