Garnett to play against Bulls


Garnett to play against Bulls

CHICAGO When the Boston Celtics prepared to board their flight to Chicago, there was familiar face waiting for them -- Kevin Garnett.

"Kevin, when he wants to play, he lets you know he wants to play," said Doc Rivers.

Garnett got his wish, with the C's medical staff giving him the green light to return to the Celtics lineup in time for tonight's game against the Chicago Bulls.

Garnett, who is averaging 14 points and 7.7 rebounds per game this season, did not play in Boston's 98-88 loss to Detroit on Wednesday due to a hip flexor injury.

Rivers said Garnett's return to the lineup is consistent with the initial timetable once it was determined he had a hip flexor injury.

"It's more Eddie (Lacerte, the team's trainer) and Kevin," Rivers said. "Both thought because he had given him two day's rest, with the two days off and with the third day, and Eddie had originally said he thought three days would be very healthy for him. That's basically what we did."

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.