Morning Skate: Tuesday, March 27


Morning Skate: Tuesday, March 27

Bruce Arthur gives his take on the old Nordiques ghosts potentially returning to Quebec with a new 400 million rink being built in the middle of the city.

A nice piece on Michigan goaltender Shawn Hunwick, younger sibling of Matt Hunwick, at the end of his unexpected run manning the pipes for the Wolverines.

Elliotte Friedmans 30 thoughts for this week with some of them prominently wrapped around the Phoenix club and their potential elsewhere following this season.

Justin Bourne has a new feature on his blog adding to a few of the thoughts put out by Friedman from a players perspective.

Alain Vigneault admits that Daniel Sedin has been suffering from a concussion and thats a big blow to any aspirations for the Vancouver Canucks.

There are plenty of players around the league that dig the unique playing style of Evgeni Malkin, and this could be the season where hes thoroughly recognized for it.

Ondrej Pavelec admits that its the players fault in Winnipeg for the Jets failing to win enough down the stretch, and it appears once again those players will be out of the playoffs.

The Bruins have a new license plate raffle going on to benefit Mass Hockey Inc. and you could be the lucky winner of the No. 1 license plate.

For something completely different: An inspirational tale of a young woman that was bullied as a child, but has turned that into US Olympic aspirations.

Subban replaced in second period, Bruins lose to Wild, 5-0


Subban replaced in second period, Bruins lose to Wild, 5-0

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.