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Canadiens' PK Subban continues to agitate Penguins players

| Sunday, March 13, 2011

PK Subban hasn't even played 100 NHL games, but he already has become a villain to the Penguins.

The young Montreal Canadiens defenseman, routinely booed at Consol Energy Center because his skate sliced Jordan Staal's right foot during last season's playoffs, hasn't even been popular with his teammates at times this season. But on Saturday, the Penguins took the brunt of his aggravation.

"He was just playing his game," defenseman Deryk Engelland said. "And just by doing that, he finds a way to get under your skin."

Subban, with one hand on his stick, swung wildly in the second period and caught left wing Mike Rupp in the face. No penalty was called, but a dispute broke out moments later.

"He's just mad that he got hit," said Rupp, who had crunched Subban a moment before. "We've all done that when we were kids. You just pretend that your stick is out of control. Absolutely he knew what he was doing."

Subban declined comment after the game.

The Price is right

Should the Penguins and Canadiens meet in the postseason, two of the NHL's best goaltenders would be showcased.

Marc-Andre Fleury established himself as a big-time goalie two years ago during the 2009 Stanley Cup run, and Carey Price has become a star this season in Montreal. The Canadiens made a stunning move this summer when they traded last season's playoff hero, Jaroslav Halak, but their faith in Price has been rewarded.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has long been a Price fan after seeing him dominate the Calder Cup Final a few years back.

"I was amazed by the kid in net -- the calm demeanor, the positioning, the lack of a substantial rebound," he said. "I was impressed. There have been ups and downs, but I've always had in the back of my mind that this guy is an unbelievable goalie."

Tangradi skating again

Left wing Eric Tangradi skated yesterday morning for the first time since suffering a concussion against the New York Islanders on Feb. 11. The Penguins would not allow Tangradi to skate unless he were free of concussion symptoms. He said he is feeling better but that his conditioning needs work.

Injured Penguins Brooks Orpik, Mike Comrie and Arron Asham skated all week.

Making a bad day worse

Center Jordan Staal endured one of his worst games as a Penguin, then took a stick to the face late in the contest.

While sitting on the bench, he was hit after two players collided near the boards. The team did not provide an update on his condition.

Additional Information:

Scouting report

Penguins vs. Oilers

3 p.m. today, Consol Energy Center

TV/radio: FSN/WXDX-FM 105.9 and the Penguins Radio Network

Season series: First and only meeting.

Penguins' streak: Lost 1

Who to watch: C Jordan Staal. Only 24 hours after an uncharacteristically poor performance, Staal will look to rebound.

Trends: The Penguins are 1 for 31 on the power play in their past 10 games. ... D Kris Letang has six points in his past 24 games. ... Edmonton is last in the NHL with 55 points.

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