P.K. Subban injury

The NHL’s officiating has taken plenty of criticism these playoffs, and a play during the third period of the Nashville Predators-St. Louis Blues game will give those critics even more ammunition. After a faceoff following a Nashville goal, Joel Edmundson of the Blues hit P.K. Subban of the Predators in the head after Subban made a pass, so late that the NBCSN cameras didn’t even catch it initially. This led to Edmundson being called for roughing, but Subban bizarrely also being called for “embellishment,” leading to a four-on-four situation rather than the Nashville power play that should have resulted. It was a decision that was strongly called out by the NBCSN broadcast team of John Forslund and Brian Boucher. Here’s NBCSN’s first look at it:

Here’s their immediate follow-up, showing another replay:

Here’s Predators’ head coach Peter Laviolette getting upset when he’s told Subban’s going off too, and the broadcasters criticizing the call:

Forslund and Boucher went on to offer more criticism of it a little later:

And here’s a look at it from behind:

This was an unbelievable call, and the broadcasters’ condemnation of it helps to show that. It’s also one that was roundly roasted by fans and media on Twitter:

It even led to jokes about the bizarre accusations of the Washington Capitals’ closed-door meeting “conspiracy” to hurt Sidney Crosby:

That’s as good an explanation as any for how Subban got called for a penalty here. He would later leave the game to have his head injury evaluated. The Predators won 2-1 in the end, giving them a 3-1 series lead, but they’ll now have to see what Subban’s status is. And if he is able to go in Game Five Friday, hopefully he won’t get called again for getting hit in the head.

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz is a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. He previously worked at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.