He matched one team playoff record and is just off the pace to eclipse another mark held by one of the greatest players in NHL history for the league’s most hallowed franchises. In the current Stanley Cup playoff round, he has twice almost single-handedly defeated the befuddled Boston Bruins, the Presidents' Trophy winner that lost just three games in regulation over the final 23 of the regular season and first five of the postseason. He is Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, perhaps the most exciting player in the playoffs. A simple sequence illustrated this principle in Game 3 on Tuesday. Swiftly skating backwards to face the oncoming rush, Subban suddenly shifted his weight and attempted to make a high-speed, open-ice body check, delivering a WWE-worthy elbow to the chest of Bruins forward Reilly Smith that sent the two players and Canadiens forward Thomas Vanek (who was temporarily knocked out of the game), to the ice. As his roughing penalty expired, Subban raced out of the box as if shot from a cannon, and with skill and poise faked the Bruins' Vezina Trophy-finalist goalie Tuukka Rask to the ice before beating him with a swift wrist shot on the glove side. He celebrated by sliding on one knee and delivering a punch to the air with his right hand before being chased down by his teammates. With the two points Subban totaled in Game 3, he has 11 in seven playoff games, the fourth most in the league (those ahead of him have played at least two more games) and his points-per-game average of 1.38 ranks fourth in the playoffs. All of this from a defenseman, one of only two in the top 10 in scoring. With points in six consecutive playoff games before the Habs lost 1-0 in overtime on Thursday, he equaled the Montreal record held by Hall of Famer Larry Robinson, who won six Stanley Cups as a defenseman for the Habs. Entering Game 5 of the second round, Subban is more than halfway to tying Robinson for the most points by a Canadiens defenseman in a single playoff season at 21.
Most exciting player of NHL playoffs? Meet P.K. Subban
Fox Sports | May 9