In yesterday's win, P.K. Subban received the 5th most ice time among defensemen. He was benched for nearly the entire overtime period.
Max Pacioretty was put on the Alex Galchenyuk line before the game, presumably to send a message to David Desharnais and Erik Cole, but in the end it was Pacioretty's ice time that was cut, in spite of leading the team in shots with 4 (tied with Tomas Plekanec), and shot attempts with 7 (tied with Rene Bourque). Pacioretty ranked 7th in ice time among forwards, below Brandon Prust. Yes, below Prust.
Pacioretty played just 13:20, Subban played 18:25.
Punishing the wrong players
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