Malcolm Subban was back in net for the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night, but not for long.
After having a pretty good first period, Subban allowed three goals in the second frame before being pulled in the Minnesota Wild’s 5-0 win at TD Garden.
Here’s a recap of Bruins-Wild.
Neither team scored in the first period, but there still were some exciting moments.
Forward Tim Schaller started for the Bruins on their fourth line Tuesday night, and he didn’t waste much time getting in a few punches in his first career NHL fight, which came against Zac Dalpe. The fight didn’t last very long, but there’s no doubt Schaller was the unanimous winner.
The Bruins now have failed to score the first goal in each of their six games this season.
Charlie Coyle did the damage this time, as he snuck the puck past Subban after multiple Bruins failed to clear the puck in front of the net.
And it didn’t take very long for things to get worse. Chris Stewart put the Wild up 2-0 just 12 seconds after Coyle’s tally. Boston once again had a chance to clear the puck, but Joel Eriksson won the puck battle along the boards and found a wide open Stewart in front of the net for an easy goal.
Subban (13 saves) didn’t last much longer, as he was pulled after Ryan Suter put the Wild up 3-0 with a power-play goal at the 10:36 mark in the second period.
The power play came as a result of a Adam McQuaid crosscheck, which also indirectly injured David Krejci.
Zane McIntyre took over for Subban in net, and Jason Zucker didn’t give him much time to settle in.
McIntyre, who was playing in his first NHL game in less than ideal conditions, did stop five of the six shots he faced in the frame.
ALL OUT OF COMEBACKS
Boston has shown an ability to win games this season despite always trailing by at least 1-0 in each contest. But it didn’t have any comebacks left for Tuesday night.
The Bruins couldn’t muster a goal in the third period, although they did have a two-minute power play after Dalpe viciously boarded Noel Acciari.
The Wild, however, did have another goal in them thanks to Jason Pominville with just under five minutes remaining in the game.
The Bruins won’t be back at TD Garden until Nov. 5, as all of their next four games will be on the road. They will begin that stretch Wednesday night in New York against the Rangers at 8 p.m. ET.
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