The Nashville Predators and Montreal Canadiens aren't rivals. Yet, when they face off now, there's a certain intensity to the game largely driven by the desire for P.K. Subban to beat his former team, and for the Canadiens players to get the upper edge over their old teammate.
This is especially true for Brendan Gallagher, who engaged in several physical battles with Subban in the two games they've played against each other in this season.
There were some harsh remarks made by both Gallagher and Subban post-game, illuminating the bitterness felt between the two parties after the famous trade of two summers ago.
"I don't know why we're talking about him, that's what he wants. You can let him talk about himself all night. I'm sure he'll give you guys enough lines," Gallagher said post-game.
Subban, in a separate interview said “I didn’t see a smile from him tonight. To be honest with you I just saw the blood dripping down his face after he tried to hit me and fell down.”
There's clearly some venom between the two players, and brings to light some truth to the rumors that there was friction between Subban and the Canadiens players.
In the aftermath of this battle of words off the ice, former Canadian World Juniors teammate used a racial slur on social media that had people disgusted and demanding for an apology.
Colten Teubert tells Gallagher to not let "Monday" get him down. This isn't a common racial slur, to be fair, but it is one nonetheless that has been used before, and has gotten at least one person that we know of fired from their job for using it.
Monday, as most people will agree on, is the worst day of the week. The day we dread, the day we hate. Calling Subban "Monday" equivocates to him being the person people hate. And it's a name that has been used to describe people of color in a racist way.
Media members and fans of the game were outraged by this blissfully ignorant use of a racist remark.
Apparently, many of his teammates called him Monday, and it doesn't leave much doubt that some of them knew exactly the connotation of the word when they used it.
Teubert later tweeted that he didn't know that it was a bad thing to say, but did a fairly poor job in apologizing. It's a professional athlete's responsibility to be aware of their words on social media, as it reflects badly on themselves and the game they represent. It doesn't help that teams are celebrating the "Hockey is for everyone" cause this month, a celebration of inclusiveness in hockey.