The NHL’s war on embellishment continues, and P.K. Subban is the latest victim.
Montreal’s star defenseman was hit with a $2,000 fine for diving on Tuesday following an incident in a Jan. 29 game against the New York Rangers. Subban, like the other players who have been fined, had his wallet dinged because it was his second such infraction.
The play in question occurred when Subban and Rangers winger Chris Kreider came together at center ice after a whistle and, following a shove by Kreider, Subban hit the deck. The 25-year-old blueliner was given a minor penalty for embellishment, while Kreider sat for two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Subban’s second embellishment call comes less than a month after the NHL first tagged him with a warning. Following a Jan. 6 contest with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the league warned Subban.
Though the NHL does not specify when the infraction occurred, Subban did draw a penalty when Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison’s stick got into the legs of Subban. Subban fell to the ice and Garrison was whistled for tripping.
Because it is his first citation following the warning, Subban’s fine is a mere $2,000. Following infractions will cost Subban an additional $1,000, up to a total of $5,000. Any ruled embellishment following his fourth infraction will cost coach Michel Therrien $2,000, which can also increase by $1,000 up to a total of $5,000.