MONTREAL ó Add newest Maple Leaf Joffrey Lupul to the growing group of NHLers who donít appreciate the feistiness of scrappy Habs defenceman P.K. Subban.
The Toronto native fought in a spirited bout with Lupul late in the first period Saturday night, a tussle which left the Leafs forward crying foul afterward.
Prior to the fight, Lupul appeared to gesture to Subban to take off his visor before they began, since both players had them. Instead, Subban tried to clock Lupul, who dodged the blow but was caught off guard by the move.
ďItís a pretty standard move when you both have visors on to take them off and go,Ē Lupul said. ďHeís a good, young player but his name keeps coming up over and over again (around the league.)
ďIím telling ya, eventually guys are going to stop giving him the benefit of the doubt.Ē
In November, Flyers forward Mike Richards blasted Subban for ďnot earning respectĒ of his fellow players. For his part, Subban said he didnít understand Lupulís signal and said he tried to smooth it over with him when the two were in the penalty box.
ďHeís the new guy to his team and he wanted to show guys he can step up,Ē Subban said. ďI donít know if itís a code thing. If I would have knocked him out, thatís a problem. But we talked. I donít think thereís any animosity there.Ē