P.K. Subban was released from hospital early Friday morning after suffering what is assumed to be a neck injury late in the Bell Centre game against Buffalo. Subban had been removed from the ice on a stretcher and was transported to hospital after he was inolved in a collision between himself, the Sabres Marcus Foligno and teammate Alexei Emelin.
The Canadiens updated his condition Friday morning. “After comprehensive testing, P.K. Subban was released from Montreal General Hospital late last night. He suffered a non-serious neck injury.”
Presumably because of residual stiffness, doctors have advised that he not play in the Bell Centre game against the Minnesota Wild Saturday night.
IRON MAN STREAK ENDS
Subban is the Canadiens iron-man leader with 274 consecutive games played. Until now Subban had never missed a career game through injury. Since becoming a permanent member of the Canadiens at the start of the 2010-2011 season he has missed twelve games. In his rookie season coach Jacques Martin sat him down out for a three and then two game stretch in December 2011. Randy Cunneyworth kept him out of a game against Winnipeg in December 2011 after Subban was minus-4 in his two previous games. He also held out for six games at the start of the lockout shortened 2013 season because of a contract holdout. He has played in every game since.
Unless Subban somehow convinces the Canadiens coaching and medical staff to put him back in the lineup against Minnesota, Tomas Plekanec takes over as the Canadiens iron man with 157 consecutive games. The Canadiens record for consecutive regular season games is 560, set by centre Doug Jarvis between 1975 and 1982.
The true ‘iron man’ of the Canadiens is Andrei Markov, as hard to believe as that might be. Markov has played in 288 of the last 290 regular season games plus 34 consecutive playoff games. He missed a single game in each of the last two years because the Canadiens wanted to rest him late in the season in preparation for a playoff run. All of this following what many considered potential career ending leg and knee injuries that kept him out of all but 65 games over a three year stretch.