Things are gettin' spicy nice and early in the preseason between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils.
Late in the 1st period of tonight pre-season between the two rivals, Devils defenseman P.K. Subban either carelessly or maliciously took out Rangers forward Ryan Reaves with a bit of dirty footwork in the corner. Reaves twisted his leg and ended up leaving the game.
Here's the play in question:
So... you see that conversation between Subban and Rangers forward Chris Kreider immediately afterward? Well... guess what they were talking about.
Here's how things played out to start the 2nd period:
Kreider goes straight for Subban in an effort to settle the score. Most players, having just injured an impact player on the other side, would likely recognize this and simply take their medicine. To me, that's part of being a good, accountable teammate. But what does Subban do? Keeps his hands by his side, keeps his gloves on and just runs his mouth while Kreider does all he can to entice him to dance.
I might be old school but I don't like the way Subban handled himself in this situation. Whether it's right or not, you drop the gloves and you stand up for yourself. Then again... come to think of it, I don't know if I'd be too eager to throw down with an irate 6 foot, 3 inch, 220 pound Chris Kreider either...