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by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – P.K. Subban may have scored the overtime-winner, but the rookie blue-liner knows he still has a lot to learn.

Minutes after notching his fourth goal of the season to clinch a 5-4 win in OT, the 22-year-old was already looking back at what he should have done differently in his 27:13 of ice time against the Flames.
Subban's OT-winner
“It always seems like there’s something; if I do something really well, there’s always something that I’m learning from. I think the celebration is going to take away from the goal now a little bit. I kind of wish I’d just put my stick up. I was just really excited to score that one,” admitted Subban of his exuberant goal celebration following his first NHL career game-winning goal. “I kind of looked back at it and was like ‘Did I really have to celebrate that much?’
“But that was something I dreamt about doing as a kid – scoring an overtime-winning goal for my favorite team,” explained Subban, who also added an assist and finished a plus-1. “It was pretty special and I’m sure when I call my dad he’s going to be pretty happy about it. It’s a good moment for me, but I’m happy we got the two points.”
Keeping his emotions in check wasn’t the only lesson the blue-line prodigy took away from Monday night’s game.
“I think when we’re up 4-0 we have to shut it down defensively and do the right things to keep ourselves in that position, but the good thing was we came out with the two points,” offered Subban. “I’m sure later on in the season, we’ll look back on this when get up by a few goals so we don’t get complacent.”
Hal Gill officially picked up an assist on the game-winner, but according to Subban, his defense partner gave him a much-needed helping hand a lot earlier than that.
“I owe Hal a lot of credit because after they tied it up 4-4, I was pretty upset because I felt like it was my fault and then I jumped on the ice too early and we got the too many men call,” shared the game’s first star. “He came over to me and he just kept me focused and kept me in there. He said ‘Come on, forget about it. You wanted to be in the game and now we’re in one. Let’s play hard.’
“He made a lot of great plays. There was a big block he made on the penalty kill where it went out of the zone and that’s what he does,” added Subban, who has been learning first-hand from the 13-year NHL veteran since Josh Gorges went down with a knee injury. “Sometimes I think people overlook the things he does on the penalty kill and even strength but it’s huge for our team and I don’t think he gets enough credit for that.”
With the team heading to Buffalo to take on the Sabres on Tuesday night, Subban won’t have to wait to put a little more of his on-the-job training to good use.

Shauna Denis is a writer for

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