BOSTON — Had Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban come out and ripped the Bruins’ fan base on Saturday, it certainly would have been understood. After what he’s gone through in the last few days, you would expect him to be a little bitter. He was anything but that following Game 2, though.
Subban was the target of racist tweets on Thursday night after he scored the game-winning goal in Game 1 of the two teams’ second-round Stanley Cup playoffs series. Those tweets were denounced by the Bruins as an organization publicly on Friday, and multiple B’s players insisted there was no place anywhere for that kind of behavior.
Subban commented publicly for the first time after the Bruins’ 5-3 win in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden, and Subban was extremely diplomatic.
“First things first, the Boston Bruins are an original six franchise, they have been around for a very long time, they are respected,” Subban said. “It’s completely unfair for anybody to point the finger at the organization or the fan base. They have passionate fans here, great fan base and since I’ve been in the league it’s been awesome. I’ve come to Boston many times, my family has come here, and it’s been great.
“What people may say on Twitter or social media is not a reflection by any means of the league or the Boston Bruins. So whoever that is, they’ll get dealt with, but it’s completely separate from this league or the Boston Bruins organization. I know some of those players personally on that team, like I said, the fan base has been awesome, they are a great bunch of fans.”
Arguably Subban’s biggest gripe is that the drama off the ice has taken away what has been a very entertaining series on the ice through two games.
“It’s unfortunate when things take away from the great hockey that was played two days ago,” he continued. “It was a fantastic game, great for the league, great for hockey, and that’s what we are going to talk about. So I’m happy now that we can just move on. You know what the funny thing is, is that we get stronger as a league, you see how people come together and it’s great.”