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Ducks Gameday: How Players Gain A Competitive Advantage

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How players ensure success. Ducks @ Canadiens.

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (with slight edits from BoC)

During the offseason, Montreal Canadiens star defenseman P.K. Subban admitted that, in order to get a competitive advantage, he likes to fart in front of goal to distract opposing players. In the world of professional sports, this is certainly understandable; you have to be willing to do whatever it takes to better position yourself for sucess.

Subban certainly isn't the only player who does odd things to throw their opponents off their game, so let's take a look at how some other players around the league try to gain a one-up on their opponents.

How Players Gain A Competitive Advantage

P.K. Subban

Farts on you to distract from play

Steve Ott

Steve Ott Lick

St. Louis Blues' Steve Ott, widely recognized as a disgusting human being, will go to great extremes to distract opponents, such as licking them.

Sean Avery

When he was still active in the NHL, the much maligned former Ranger Sean Avery was great at being an incorrigle dick, so much so that the Sean Avery Rule had to be created. He was good at getting under your skin by being an asshole.

Corey Perry

Perry is mostly known as the type of player who creates a competitive advantage against opponents through the type of god-given skill that turns opposing fans in to jealous, sniveling, whiny diaper-babies, and opposing players in to intimidated non-factors, but he has a few other tricks up his sleeve, like stealing your stick in the middle of play (above), or spraying water to freeze in your glove, or spearing you in the nuts, or kicking your stupid goalie in the head, or...

Joe Thornton

San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton knows that riling up the home-crowd can be a great strategy to get everyone off their game.

Joel Quenneville

Sometimes even coaches get in on the game, like Chicago Blackhawks' Joel Quinneville, who distracts players by drawing attention to his manly package.

Dwight King

Los Angeles's Dwight King murders your wife and kids, in front of you, prior to the game.

... Jesus.


Ducks (21 - 11) @ Canadiens (19 - 12)

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014, 4:30 PM PST

Bell Centre


Subban farts-out Frederik Andersen. Canadiens win 3-1. Ryan Getzlaf with the lone Anaheim goal.