Let's be real here, the question should be whether it was a sucker punch or not, not whether Prust dove and acted, that much is obvious.
If what someone else on here said that they heard Prust suggested he went down because he was surprised by the punch, well, I can half buy falling down because of that, but not lying on the ice for as long as he did.
To me it's the other way around. There's no question it was a suckerpunch. He punched Prust in the face when he wasn't even looking. What's to decide?
As for collapsing like he's been shot, it could've been a dive, it could've been that he got his bell rung. Either way Prust should be a bit embarrassed.
Subban hit the "oh s***" button and made it a lot worse on himself.
And to add to what others have said about Subban having to watch out for this kind of thing: His reaction to the hit only makes him a more enticing target. You get to lay out somebody you don't like and get a powerplay for it? Hell yeah!
Exactly. I think he jumped reflexively, which made it a lot worse.
And 2 minutes for not being man enough to take a clean hit. Love it. It's a penalty they need to hand out more often.
This thread needs more Konstantinov.
I'm confused. Everybody on the ice didn't immediately jump Vladdy and start throwing cheapshots. And Lemieux didn't either. But I thought people always have done that after clean hits in hockey?
So when Holland takes a chance on a very low percentage move to sign someone like Nabby realizing he almost certainly won't clear waivers at that price, it's a great move. But when Snow (and Wang) picks up Nabby at a bargain basement price because at the moment he has virtually no starting goaltender other than the china doll Dipietro, he's a d-bag?
Don't get me wrong, overall I think Wang has made a ton of idiotic moves, but the thing is, Nabby knew this was a possibility when he signed the contract. When we heard the price, pretty much everyone here knew he wouldn't clear waivers. You don't think he and his agent knew that too?
With this move, they essentially replaced Roloson at a much cheaper price. It sucks for Nabby to get picked up by a crap team like the Islanders, but thems the rules. As for Wangs comments, it's all just public relations, which he's not very good at. If I were him I would basically say, "He signed a contract and knew the rules. We're willing to pay this guy good money to play in the NHL. Do you know how many players would kill for that chance? Let's not lose perspective here."
And yes tanking will get you a better draft pick, but we're only halfway through the season and you have to at least pretend to field a competitive team and sell some tickets. If Dipietro got hurt again, my understanding is they basically would have to start a questionable minor league goalie or make their young prospect start all these games for this awful Islanders team, which isn't exactly good goalie development.
I have a special kind of hatred for kopecky. Not just because of how crappy he was here, but I can't think of a recent player who's been given so much opportunity for so little reason. his friendship with Hossa has paid off for sure.