Michel Therrien rips late P.K. Subban turnover in loss at Avalanche

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  • Michel Therrien
    Canadian ice hockey player

Montreal Canadiens All-Star defenseman P.K. Subban lost his footing in the offensive zone late in a tie-game at the Colorado Avalanche.

Avs forward Mikhail Grigorenko pounced on the turnover, rushed up ice in an odd-man situation, a play that was finished with a goal by Colorado forward Jarome Iginla with 2:03 left in the third period to put the game at 3-2.

The score ended up being the game-winner and Subban, a former Norris Trophy winner, didn't see the ice again for the rest of the game. Afterwards, Montreal coach Michel Therrien didn’t mince words on Subban’s play.

“A selfish play that cost us the game tonight," Therrien said.

Added Therrien, "P.K. did not play the odds on that play at the end ... We need to play as a team."

Subban took responsibility for the mistake, saying he lost an edge. 

“I think I put myself in positions a lot where I have control in one hand and use my body to shield (the puck) and that position he didn’t push me, he didn’t push me, eh didn’t really do anything, I just crossed over and lost an edge and the puck was there for him," Subban said. "I don’t know, maybe my next play would have been to rim it deep, but I didn’t anticipate losing an edge in that situation.”

The Canadiens remained six points behind the final Eastern Conference Wild Card spot with 58 total.  Montreal lost their third game in a row. Their spiraling record currently stands at 27-27-4 after starting the year 9-0-0. The play came after the Canadiens were on ice for a tough 90-minute practice a day earlier. It was the first time Therrien said he had used such a skating-centric practice in his time with the Habs. 

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