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P.K. Subban says don't blame Boston fans for racial abuse on social media

Saturday, 05.03.2014 / 11:25 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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P.K. Subban says don't blame Boston fans for racial abuse on social media

BOSTON - Canadiens coach Michel Therrien says defenceman P.K. Subban has not been affected by the racial abuse on social media after his winning goal against the Bruins on Thursday night.

"He's got a lot of character, that kid," Therrien said Saturday prior to Game 2 against the Bruins.

Therrien met with Subban, who is black, on Friday night to see how he was feeling and to ensure his player knew he had the team's support.

"But like he said, and from my standpoint too, it's more important that we're here to sell the game, we're here to win a hockey game, we're here to compete," Therrien told reporters. "We're not here to talk about a few bad people that put some comments on the Internet."

Therrien said Subban, 24, spent part of Friday with his family.

Both the Bruins and Canadiens have decried the racial abuse. So have the mayors of the two cities.

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