What do P.K. Subban and Jean Beliveau have in common? Ask Bob Cole

Jean-Beliveau

When P.K. Subban pumped a point shot past Tuukka Rask in double overtime last night, he gave the Habs a 1-0 series lead in the team’s second round match-up with archrival Boston.

But he also put himself in some rather exclusive company. According to the Sportsnet Ticker, Subban is the first Canadiens player since Hall of Fame icon Jean Beliveau to score in double overtime in Boston. Beliveau pulled off the feat on April 24, 1969 and if you need confirmation of that fact, just ask Hockey Night in Canada’s Bob Cole: That game was his first NHL radio broadcast.

I recently interviewed Cole for a feature in the newest edition of The Hockey News magazine and he told me a funny story about that milestone:

Years after working the game, Cole was at a function and Beliveau also happened to be in attendance. A woman guessed that Beliveau must have scored numerous overtime goals in his career.

“And he said ‘to be honest, ma’am, I don’t believe I’ve scored one,’ ” Cole recalled. “Overhearing this, I said, ‘Actually, you did – it was in double overtime on April 24, 1969 in Boston.’ He looked at me like I had two heads!”

Cole laughed as he recounted the run-in. He went on to explain to Beliveau why he had such a distinct memory of the game and Beliveau would later sign a photo of the two together as a keepsake for the broadcaster.