PK Subban scored the winning goal in double overtime last night as the Montreal Canadiens overcame the Boston Bruins in what was a fiercely contested NHL playoff game.

But his moment of brilliance was sadly overshadowed by a moronic section of the Boston Bruins fan base who reacted with racial slurs via social media.

In the moments following the Canadian star's game winner a torrent of racist hate was aimed at Subban with the word n***** actually trending on Twitter in Boston at one point.

Over 17,000 tweets which mentioned the hateful word alongside the name of Subban were recorded on Thursday night according to Influence Communications - a social media monitoring company from Montreal.

The comments themselves are not fit to be re-published but CBC news website have referenced a selection should you see fit to see them.

Boston Bruins President, Cam Neely, issued a statement in response to the issue on Friday:

"The racist, classless views expressed by an ignorant group of individuals following Thursday's game via digital media are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization." 

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