LAS VEGAS – Apparently the best way to get Malcolm Subban through a full NHL game was have him go up against the Boston Bruins team that drafted him.
The 23-year-old former Bruins first-round pick made a couple of pretty good saves, but he was never really fully tested by a B’s group that appeared to be going half-speed for much of the contest in a 3-1 loss to the expansion Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. It was the first NHL appearance where Subban made it out of the second period, making 21 saves against a Bruins group that seemed happy to oblige him.
The Bruins also finish their three-game road trip through the West with fairly impressive losses to the Colorado Avalanche and Golden Knights sandwiched around a win over a Coyotes club that has yet to win a game this season. In other words, the Black and Gold showed they still have a whole lot of work to do in the improvement department just five games into the regular season.
After a scoreless first period where both teams didn’t amass much in the way of scoring chances, the Golden Knights took control as the middle period rolled on. Former Boston College standout Alex Tuch stole a puck from Sean Kuraly in the neutral zone, got behind Kevan Miller and fired one past Tuukka Rask for the first goal of the game. Then Vegas doubled their advantage when Vadim Shipachyov scored his first NHL goal after a scramble in front of the Boston net opened up a wide open shooting spot from the slot area.
Down a pair of goals in the third period and starting the final 20 minutes off with a power play, the Bruins managed just six shots on net before David Pastrnak to scored in the closing seconds with the goalie pulled. Vegas came right back with an empty netter to finally secure a victory that wasn't really in doubt after the second period.