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P.K. Subban baffled after linesman accidentally helps Sabres score empty-netter

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P.K. Subban was not happy with linesman Brad Kovachik, who found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time Friday night.

The Montreal Canadiens defenseman was livid after the puck deflected off the official and right to Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane, who iced the game with an empty-net goal.


Subban was tossed for the protest, and remained bewildered by the play after the game.

"I don't know if we deserve an explanation for it or not, but I'd like to know what we're supposed to do there, because that's the game," Subban told reporters. "The game's over once they score there and they're up by two.

"(Kovachik) didn't seem like he was trying to get out of the way. He just stood there, the puck hits him, it goes to (Kane) and he scores in the empty net.

"Are we supposed to smile and be happy after that and say, 'Thank you' to the linesman? I don't think so. I'm a little bit disappointed about that, because I felt there was a minute left in the game (and) we still had a chance to score."

The Canadiens' loss snapped a three-game win streak and ended the Sabres' four-game losing skid.

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