Valentine may visit Crawford, Beckett in Texas


Valentine may visit Crawford, Beckett in Texas

DALLAS -- Bobby Valentine has been in contact -- mostly by phone -- with most of the roster in the last few days.

He may head from here down to Houston to see Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett, who both live in the greater Houston area.

"I reached out," said Valentine. "Carl's the one guy who doesn't answer the phone, so I haven't left a voice mail. I told Josh on my message, 'I'm going to be in Texas; if you want me to scoot down and say hello and allow him to put his cowboy boot up my butt'... we can start fresh anytime."

The latter is a reference to Valentine's criticism of Beckett on ESPN telecasts last summer. Valentine chastised Beckett for being so deliberate on the mound in between pitches."

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.