Anderson criticizes Subban celebration

P.K. Subban’s celebration of his overtime winner on Thursday night, during which he raced over to his team’s bench as if they had just won the Stanley Cup and then emerged from a celebratory group hug to tug the crest of his sweater, was shrugged off by most Senators on Friday.

Anderson criticizes Subban celebration
Chris Neil (L) and Craig Anderson (R) of the Ottawa Senators clear the puck past Alexandre Fortin (M) of the of the Cumberland Jr Grads (Major Junior Atom) during practice held at Canadian Tire Centre, on January 17, 2014, in Ottawa, Ont. The team had won a contest for Hockey Day in Canada. (Jana Chytilova / Ottawa Citizen)

P.K. Subban’s celebration of his overtime winner on Thursday night, during which he raced over to his team’s bench as if they had just won the Stanley Cup and then emerged from a celebratory group hug to tug the crest of his sweater, was shrugged off by most Senators on Friday.

But not by Craig Anderson, who had been Subban’s victim.

Anderson didn’t appreciate it.

“I think you hit the key word there,” Anderson said in response to a question. “It was unnecessary.

“I didn’t see us, when we scored our overtime goal (in a 4-3 win on Jan. 4 in Montreal), we didn’t skate around throwing our jersey up in the air like that.

“It’s one of those things where it’s his character, that’s the way he is, we all know about it. “But it should make us all angry here that we don’t want that to happen again so we’ve got to win the games.”

Stay tuned: the next game between the teams is March 15 in Montreal.

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NIGHTMARES OF PRICE

With about five minutes left in the second period of Thursday’s game, Mark Stone thought he was about to collect his second NHL goal. He had the puck alone in front of Carey Price with what looked like plenty of room.

So he shot — but didn’t score. Price got his glove up, almost magically, and caught the puck.

On Friday morning, Stone was still having nightmares.

“I’ve never had a goalie make a save like that on me before,” he said. “He made great saves on me. He’s a great goalie and he’s on the Olympic team for a reason. But at same time, those are pucks I need to put in the back of the net.

“He just didn’t do it to me, though, which was kind of the scary thing. He was flashing the leather a lot (Thursday night).”

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