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Vincent Lecavalier on P.K. Subban: ‘Most of the guys don’t respect a guy like that’


James O’Brien

In case you were wondering, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier won’t face any discipline after getting thrown out of last night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens for a slash on P.K. Subban.

To give you a quick refresher, Lecavalier and Subban repeatedly exchanged shoves that eventually escalated to a couple slashes from Subban followed by a big two-handed number by Lecavalier. On first impact it looked like a brutal blow, but upon further review it actually ended up being one of the “better” acting jobs by a Canadiens player since then Habs-forward Mike Ribeiro drew a penalty by writhing on the ice.

Damian Cristodero caught up with Lecavalier, getting his thoughts on the situation with Subban. In the fine tradition of Sean Avery and other pests, it seems like Subban’s antics aren’t making him many friends.

Asked if he believed Subban milked it for the refs, Lecavalier said easily, “Oh, of course.”

On Friday morning, Lecavalier commented further on Subban:

“Everybody knows he was playing a role there. Myself and probably most of the guys don’t respect a guy like that. He’s the type of guy who doesn’t respect anybody. It’s all there is to say. He’s not a well-liked guy, not because of the way he plays but because of the way he does things. He’s a great player. He will be for a long time. But his attitude, that’s just the way he is.”

I used to call Avery the “Bart Simpson” of the NHL, but Subban might be a better fit for that role. Then again, Subban’s act worked - for better or worse - in that Lecavalier lost his cool and was thrown out of the game. In the end, both come away looking a bit silly, but at least neither player ended up injured.