Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins was mic'd up during Game 6 of their second round playoff matchup with the Montreal Canadiens. In a clip revealed this week he had a very interesting verbal exchange with Habs defenceman P.K. Subban.
The clip is part of a web series by NHL.com called 'Behind the B'.
Bergeron has a long and scary history with concussions and it appears as though he expects special consideration from opponents and officials while engaging on the ice. He questions Subban for punching him in the head and he later questions the referee for not calling the innocent playoff bop. He then proceeds to give the ref a sarcastic response to the fact that he was not being protected.
"Yeah...I'll stay away from it. Thanks."
Thanks for nothing is what he's thinking.
My favorite part of this exchange is P.K. Subban. You can take his comments one of two ways.
"What? Did I hit you in the head?"
"I thought you were Marchand."
So, P.K. Subban is either feeding Bergeron a line or he actually thought that Patrice Bergeron was Bruins' ultra-pest Brad Marchand.
If he was lying to Bergeron and he knew it was him all along, you could make a case for Subban not having proper respect for his fellow NHLPA members. In my opinion, all players are fair game while on the ice and especially in the playoffs. April, May, and June is no time to be taking it easy on an opponent simply because he has a history of concussions. If you're on the ice, you should be healthy enough to take normal hockey interaction.
The other side of the argument is that P.K. actually mistook Bergeron for Marchand. This would be the ultimate on-ice insult. Bergy would probably rather have his head punched and risk a thicker concussion file than get mistaken for Brad Marchand.
It is also interesting to note that P.K. Subban and Patrice Bergeron are the two finalists in the current NHL 15 cover vote. Battling on the ice and off.