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Canadiens' P.K. Subban more focused on winning Stanley Cup

Sun, 03 May 2015 20:53:30 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

Montreal, QC, Canada (4E Sports) - After receiving his second nomination for the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman, Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban said he's more focused on winning the Stanley Cup.

"It's always great when you get recognized individually, but we've got a lot of players on our team that have had great seasons individually this year," said Subban , who was named as finalist Monday with Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson and Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings

The 2015 NHL Awards will be presented in Las Vegas on June 24.

"When you have a bunch of guys that can put together good seasons, usually the team success is doing well also," added Subban , who won the Norris Trophy in 2012-13.

"But when you look around the League, there's a lot of players who are top of the League in scoring or having great individual years but their teams aren't in the playoffs or doing that well in the standings," he further said.

Last season, Subban came two wins short of reaching the Stanley Cup Final.

This season, Montreal advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round with a six-game first-round series win against Ottawa. They fell in 2OT to the Lightning in that opener, however.

Subban scored 15 goals, led the Canadiens with 45 assists, and tied for second in the League for points by a defenseman with 60 (behind Karlsson's 66), all career highs.

Subban had a plus-21 rating and averaged a Canadiens-high 26:12 of ice time and played in all 82 regular-season games for Montreal, which won the Atlantic Division title with a 50-22-10 record.

Subban was named one of Montreal's four alternate captains this season a month after he signed an eight-year, $72 million contract extension. He is signed through the 2021-22 season, and Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said the organization made a sound investment.

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