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P.K. Subban looking to catch his breath before Game 5

Predators defenseman ready for rest after blocking shot in Game 4 win against Penguins

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

NASHVILLE -- Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban was looking forward to two things following a 4-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday:

Seeing his family, and getting some rest. In that order.

"We've got a lot of guys on both sides that are sore, we probably want to get some rest the next couple days," Subban said.

Sliding in a bid to block a shot, Subban absorbed a one-timer off the stick of Evgeni Malkin with 7:18 left in the third period. The puck struck Subban on the inside of his left leg, the impact leaving him on the ice in pain, his gloves thrown off.

Video: PIT@NSH, Gm4: Subban shaken up after blocking shot

Subban was helped to the locker room for a brief time but returned to finish Nashville's victory that tied the best-of-7 series 2-2 with Game 5 at Pittsburgh on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports).

He played a game-high 25:09, with two other blocked shots to go with the one that left him hobbled.

"It just kind of hit me where I didn't have any padding, so you know, I mean, that's it," Subban said. "It hurts. … You just come back in the game and try to work through it."

It seems the topic of the defenseman's apparently unpleasant breath, a subplot to this series after Game 3 on Saturday, still has life. Subban was asked after Game 4 about leaving Bridgestone Arena after the morning skate with a couple of large bottles of mouthwash in a shopping bag.

"I didn't bring it to the rink, it was just there in my stall," he said. "A lot of guys have been saying my breath has been tough, but I think it's because I have a high-protein diet. No, seriously, a high-protein diet translates to bad breath, that's what I hear. But I can't afford to take protein out of my diet now, so people are just going to have to suck it up for the next week or so."

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