By Mary Paoletti
PITTSFORD -- Shawne Merriman is denying reports he was in possession of Zdeno Chara at the U.S.Canada border just before training camp. Merriman on Thursday acknowledged he was stopped at the border coming from Canada before camp, but said there was no issue with the crossing.
"No problem," he said. "They just wanted to go through all my stuff."
Asked if he had weapons in his possession, the Bills linebacker said, "No, un-uh. I had stuff coming to camp. They went through all my suitcases, and that was it."
Rumors about Merriman being stopped at the border with Chara, a known menace, circulated among Buffalo governmental offices for weeks; they hit the Internet Wednesday.
Chara is believed to be dangerously tall and armed with a long composite stick (even more deadly when broken) and at least two hands.
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BOSTON – The Bruins had to feel like things would go badly for them with both of their usual goaltenders on the shelf against the Minnesota Wild.
That’s exactly what happened with Malcolm Subban getting pulled in the second period for the second time in his two-start NHL career, and the Bruins ultimately falling by a 5-0 score to the Wild at TD Garden. Subban lasted a tad more than 30 minutes in this game, but looked shaky in allowing two goals in a span of 12 seconds to Minnesota as they took control early in the second period.
Weymouth native Charlie Coyle floated a spinning, surprise shot through the glove hand and leg pad of a slow-reacting Subban, and Chris Stewart followed by roofing a shot while all alone in front following the ensuing face-off.
Subban made a nice save on Marco Scandella to temporarily stop the bleeding, but was pulled from the game when Ryan Suter beat him low to the glove hand with a power play strike midway through the second. Subban was pulled after giving up the third goal of the night, and Zane McIntyre was ostensibly better even if he allowed a Jason Zucker deflected shot past him to give the Wild an insurmountable four goal cushion.
The Bruins tried to rally for something in the third period, but there wasn’t much going on after the shaky defense and subpar goaltending knocked all the wind right out of them. Jason Pominville scored late in the game on a rebound goal to round out the scoring. The scary part is that Tuesday night’s loss to the Wild represents the first of six games against worthy opponents that made the playoffs last season, and there’s no hint of when Tuukka Rask or Anton Khudobin might be ready to return.