Subban makes 21 saves, Golden Knights beat Bruins, 3-1


Subban makes 21 saves, Golden Knights beat Bruins, 3-1

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.


Morning Skate: Jagr still going, but not in the NHL

Morning Skate: Jagr still going, but not in the NHL

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while welcoming Marcus Smart back into the fold. Good contract for a guy that’s probably worth more to the Celtics than he would be to just about anybody else.

*It looks like Jaromir Jagr will play some hockey next season, but it also looks like it won’t be in the NHL for the surefire Hall of Famer.

*A list of the greatest NHL players to wear each jersey number with a good idea who the choices would be for No. 77 and No. 4…at the very least. This is a good companion piece to the list that we just put out for the best Bruins player to wear each jersey number that the team ever issued.

*The cyberbullying case between Melina Karlsson and Mike Hoffman’s girlfriend continues with more legal filings as both sides attempt to find out the truth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has an entertaining, wide-ranging Q&A session with PK Subban about any number of topics involving the Nashville D-man.

*Da Beauty League is once again getting into full swing in Minnesota for many familiar NHL players looking to stay in skating shape.

*For something completely different: The 2018 TV season hasn’t been good for new hit shows in their second season.