An injury scare briefly sent P.K. Subban to the locker room during Tuesday's Game 4 against the Blues, but what might have been a Predators power play was negated when officials ruled the defenseman embellished the hit to his head.
As part of a chippy, penalty-ridden third period, Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson took a run at Subban off a faceoff shortly after Nashville scored to take a 1-0 lead. Edmundson mugged Subban, who had the puck, knocking him to the ice along with his helmet. Subban stayed down for a moment before exiting to the Predators' locker room.
PK Subban got called for embellishment here pic.twitter.com/Bivugiizco
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 3, 2017
It looked like Nashville might be headed for a power play as Edmundson was assessed a two-minute minor for roughing, but the referees also hit Subban with an unsportsmanlike conduct minor for embellishment. Subban rejoined the Nashville bench after several moments in the dressing room and returned to play in the third period.
Kay Whitmore, the supervisor of the series, declined comment on the penalties assessed to Reaves/Edmundson. He called it a judgment call.
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) May 3, 2017
Neither team scored during 4-on-4 play, so the call proved inconsequential to the outcome of the game. Nashville held on for a 2-1 win to go up three games to one in the series.
Before Ryan Ellis scored his fourth goal of the playoffs, officials were forced to separate a scrum near the Predators bench that involved all five skaters from either team. The clubs combined for 24 penalty minutes, more than half of which came in the final period.