Morning Skate: Wednesday, Jan. 30


Morning Skate: Wednesday, Jan. 30

Paul Kelly somehow pops up in Markham, Ontario declaring that the NHL plans to expand to 32 teams as the city deliberates over approving a plan for a new arena deal, and the NHL shoots down that supposition.

The Blackhawks are making the most of their games on the road, and its a good thing because they have no choice.

Wayne Gretzky questions whether the Oilers have the intangible qualities needed to ascend to a championship level.

Mike Milbury and Keith Jones openly wonder on NBC Sports Network if the Washington Capitals are utilizing Alex Ovechkin the correct way.

Good piece by Sarah Connors at Stanley Cup of Chowder detailing the substantial role that women play in the NHLs popularity, and the danger of patronizing them.

The Flyers are hoping that Mike Knubles arrival can mean good things for their special teams experience.

Nobody in Montreal is celebrating the P.K. Subban signing as much as theyre just ready to go back to work with their full roster of players.

For something completely different: The All-Fun All-Star team that should be invited to NBA All-Star weekend.

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.