Sometimes you just have to let two angry players go, at least in hockey.
It’s probably a stretch to call P.K. Subban vs. Evgeni Malkin a full-fledged fight. Maybe “skirmish” would be a better word for it.
Whatever the case may be, you don’t see star players allow tensions to boil over in such a genuine way very often, so the above video is still quite the sight.
As much as it ended up being a “hugging match,” it’s interesting that officials allowed them to ... well, hug it out. There’s no doubt that the Pittsburgh Penguins are getting the better of the Nashville Predators on the scoreboard, yet Malkin was held without a shot for the first two periods of Game 2, so you get the impression that the frustration wasn’t just on Subban’s end.
Update: After Pittsburgh’s 4-1 win, Subban provided another delightful quote, claiming that the fight began after Malkin said something P.K. didn’t like in Russian.
Subban on Malkin: "He spoke a little Russian. I played with a few Russians. I didn't like what he said."— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 1, 2017
Hey, that time with Andrei Markov is coming in handy, sometimes in unexpected ways.