We reported earlier today that 19-year-old forward Lias Andersson has absolutely no regrets about tossing his silver medal over the glass, right after Sweden's 3-1 loss against Canada in the finals of the World Junior Championships.
Even though this is likely to leave the fans who watched the incident with a very bad impression of the young center, Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty said he understands why Andersson did what he did. And that he actually loved seeing that from the Rangers' 2017 first-round pick:
I loved it. You don't get a medal for losing in the Stanley Cup Final, right? So I loved it. I thought it showed a lot of emotion, these kids are young and it was a spur of the moment thing. I loved it. It shows how badly he wanted to win and I have no problem with that."
After all the negative comments we heard about this particular issue, this is a fresh perspective coming from Pacioretty, who has been wearing the "C" with Montreal for 2 and a half years.
This echoes what TSN insider Bob McKenzie said shortly after the incident, last night:
What do you think of Pacioretty's comments regarding the controversial medal throwing?