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P.K. Messier? Subban doubles down on Game 3 guarantee

Predators' defenseman P.K. Subban guaranteed a Game 3 win for Nashville and recapped the Game 2 loss to the Penguins.

Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, you’ll say something you’d later regret. It happens in sports, relationships and ... just about every facet of life.

So, there was a chance that P.K. Subban would walk back boldly stating that the Nashville Predators would win Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final shortly after their painful 4-1 loss (see above) to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2.

Nope, that didn’t happen.

Instead, Subban doubled down on his guarantee that the Predators would win Game 3 on Saturday.

Nice. The real question is: should we call him P.K. Messier or P.K. Namath?

Either way, many of us believed that Subban would be a delight to watch both on and off the ice during a Stanley Cup Final, and he hasn’t disappointed. His skirmish with Evgeni Malkin was almost as entertaining as his explanation for why the hug-fight happened:

Meanwhile, his fantastic play sometimes slips under the radar a touch.

As great as his subtler stats may be, he’s dropping the gauntlet now. Anything short of a win will be a letdown (and an opportunity for his strangely vocal critics to pounce).

Don’t expect Subban to shrink from the spotlight.

You can see Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday. Click here for the livestream link.