The Ottawa Senators took issue with the way P.K. Subban celebrated his overtime-winning goal on Thursday, but it mattered little to the Montreal Canadiens' star defenceman.
"I don't care," he said flatly when reporters brought it up with him at the team's practice in Toronto on Friday. "I don't care. It's the game of hockey, you're not disrespecting anybody. To be honest, that game's over. I don't really need to comment on it."
With the score tied at four goals apiece through regulation, Subban scored just 23 seconds into the extra period as his shot trickled through goaltender Craig Anderson's legs for a 5-4 win at Canadian Tire Centre.
Subban then dropped his stick and grabbed the CH logo on the front of his sweater and shook it repeatedly for the crowd, many of which were cheering Canadiens fans.
"The key word there is unneccessary," Anderson told reporters at practice on Friday. "I didn't see us when we scored our overtime goal throwing our jersey up like that. It's one of those things - it's his character. It should make us all angry here and make sure that doesn't happen again."
"It is what it is," added Senators captain Jason Spezza. "He won the hockey game, he scored the goal. Different guys celebrate in different ways around the league, so I'm not going to lose sleep over it."
Both teams will face off against each other again at the Bell Centre on Mar. 15.
The Canadiens continue their four-game road trip against the Maple Leafs on Saturday night in a game that can be head live on TSN Radio 690 in Montreal and TSN Radio 150 in Toronto.