Report: No suspension for Capitals' Chimera


Report: No suspension for Capitals' Chimera

There will be no "justice" served if you were hoping that the Capitals' Jason Chimera would be hit with a suspension for his major hit on Adam McQuaid.

Brian McNally of the Washington Examiner reports that Chimera will get off with just the penalty he received during the game -- a five-minute boarding major and game misconduct.

McQuaid was skating along the boards behind the Bruins net during the first period when Chimera came full-speed ahead from the bench at him. While the hit was certainly intended to leave a mark, McQuaid magnified it by turning his back at the last second, becoming more vulnerable to the hit.

Once that happened just before Chimera's hit, there was nowhere for McQuaid's head to go but into the boards. Had McQuaid not turned his back, it most likely would have been a hard shoulder into the boards, and not the head.

Either way, coaches on both sides agreed after the game that the hit wasn't meant in a viscous way, and it looks as though the league agrees.

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.