“Ya know what? I’m a pussy. You’re right. I wouldn’t fight ya, but you’re a terrible hockey player. No. It’s painful for me to watch. Fuck you’re horrible”- P.K. Subban
And here we have the inherent dangers of punching up unknowingly being put on full display for a nationwide audience. Given the relative irrelevance of the source, P.K. Subban probably didn't have to justify a chirp as uninventive as "you're a pussy" with a response, but he really dropped the mic that he had no idea he was being picked up by in launching a truth bomb directly at the gut of Nikita Zadorov. Not for nothing, but - hyperbolically speaking - I might rather have a labia for lips than be that disrespected by my own peers. What "oh yeah, well you're a terrible hockey player" lacks in wittiness, it more than makes up for in effectiveness, as that message rang loud and clear enough to...well...come through the television of literally everyone watching.
Punching down is considered unbecoming in most scenarios because it's simply too easy, but the shitshow of sight and sounds that is a professional hockey rink is unlike most scenarios in that the ability to verbally eviscerate a lesser opponent is something to be proud of. You don't have to look too deep into the shallow stats of a fairly big failure of a first round pick to see clear that an opposing coach's nightmare of a Norris Trophy winner, be he overly dramatic on the ice or not, did just that...