Talking Points: Shaky start for Subban vs. Wild
Charlie Coyle didn’t have the gaudiest numbers for the Minnesota Wild when it was all over, and he wasn’t a dominant force on the ice. But the Weymouth kid did score the game’s first goal that really seemed to break down Malcolm Subban and the Bruins, and he did by beating Danton Heinen in a one-on-one battle in the slot, floating a wobbly shot that found a soft spot between Subban’s glove hand and the top of leg pad. He finished with the plus-1 rating and the goal in 16:25 of ice time to go along with three shots on net, five shot attempts, one hit and 2-for-2 in the face-off circle. It was a solid all-around night for the local kid playing in front of tons of friends and family against his hometown team.
It wasn’t all Malcolm Subban’s fault, of course, but he certainly didn’t do himself any favors allowing three goals in fairly quick succession. The first goal was a wobbly puck that managed to find daylight between his glove hand and the top of his leg pads, and the third goal was a softie that eluded the rookie netminder low to his glove hand side. Claude Julien had seen enough after watching the third goal allowed, and went to Zane McIntyre in relief for the rest of the game. It’s not all that surprising given that Subban was pulled in two of his four appearances to start the AHL season, and really puts into question how the B’s will go on with Anton Khudobin and Tuukka Rask still on the shelf.
The Bruins once again didn’t score the first goal, and then finally broke down and allowed a score roughly five minutes into the second period. It was a soft goal surrendered by Malcolm Subban after a lost battle by Danton Heinen in the slot area. It was followed 12 seconds later by a Chris Stewart scoring bid while wide open in the slot. That one cleanly beat Subban, and the Bruins were down 2-0 after failing to generate close to enough offensive pressure in the first 25 minutes of the game. That was all she wrote for a Bruins team that saw Subban get pulled, and more defensive miscues from a hockey club that’s not doing anything well right now.
How can you not respect the game of Ryan Suter? Suter finished with a goal and two points along with a plus-3 rating in 26:28 of ice time, and was right in the middle of the final two goals that chased Malcolm Subban from the game. Add to that the seven shot attempts, the two hits, and the two blocked shots, and Suter was all over the ice making plays and continuing to earn his massive salary and then some with quality D-man play. It’s truly instructive to watch a No. 1 guy like Suter take over a game against the Bruins when Boston doesn’t have a defenseman on their roster that’s really capable of doing that anymore.
BY THE NUMBERS
6 – the number of games that the Bruins have allowed their opponents to score the first goal of the game. Since the Bruins have only played six games during the regular season thus far, this is a fairly troubling trend.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We've got to do our jobs. It’s as simple as that. That’s what I'm going to tell the players. Do your job and those kinds of things won't happen.” – Claude Julien on what he’ll preach to his players after dropping an ugly 5-0 loss to the Wild.