I am not usually a big fan of penalties. If I played hockey, the award I would most like to win would be the Lady Byng trophy for sportsmanship.** Unfortunately that’s not because I am a good sport, but because I am a rule-following nerd who hates to get in trouble. But even this nerd has her moments and sometimes a penalty has me jumping out of my seat fist pumping and yelling “YEAH!” cheering on the offender.
The date; March 30, 2011. The Canes were playing host to the Montreal Canadiens in a 6-2 rout. Tired of the Jeff Skinner and Jamie McBain scoring machines, tempers were running high in the third period, at least on the part of the Habs. The game was all but over but at 16:56 of the 3rd period all hell broke loose.
The ever so friendly Canadien winger Benoit Pouliot decided to get in on the action and a melee erupted in the corner. That’s when Montreal’s PK Subban broke out his most honed hockey weapon, his mouth. The pride of our fighting Irish, Tim Gleason, had enough and skated over to have a friendly chat with ol’ PK and pals. Just because PK wore Jeff Skinner’s sweater in the All Star Game doesn’t make us all friends.
Gleason, Pouliot and Subban had a standoff as the referees stood by ready to take charge. The zebras finally had enough and although no actual blows were exchanged Pouliot, Subban and Gleason got 10 minute misconducts and were tossed from the game. As Timmy skated off the ice he shook his head from side to side and moved his hands in a chirping motion telling us what we already knew. PK Subban does not ever shut up. I have never cheered so hard for someone being ejected in a game. “See ya!” to PK and a nice round of “WOOO!” for Gleason.
I admit I was a bit disappointed that Tim wasn’t able to feed PK a classic knuckle sandwich. Even nerds know sometimes “using your words” is not enough. This time Timmy’s smirk said it all.
*I have not been able to find a video or photo of the “incident.” People seemed more pre-occupied with that whole “Tuomo Ruutu hit Hal Gil and broke the glass” moment. It happened and it was funny. I have witnesses.
**Although the author claims to want the Lady Byng, in reality she would be a record setter in Penalties in Minutes due to her Chad LaRose mouth and her Timmy Gleason temper.