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Subban, Golden Knights defeat Bruins

Goalie gets NHL win No. 1 against former team; Tuch, Shipachyov each scores first goal

by Danny Webster / NHL.com Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- Malcolm Subban had a short conversation with Marc-Andre Fleury before making his first start for the Vegas Golden Knights. Fleury told Subban to have fun and play his game.

That's what he did.

 

[WATCH: All Bruins vs. Golden Knights highlights]

 

Subban made 21 saves against his former team for his first NHL win, and Alex Tuch and Vadim Shipachyov each scored his first goal in the League to power the Golden Knights to a 3-1 victory against the Boston Bruins at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.

"It's a great feeling," Subban said. "I made a lot of friends [in Boston], played with a lot of great teammates and (had) a great coaching staff. I'm just happy to get the win."

Shipachyov, making his NHL debut after nine seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League, scored to give Vegas a 2-0 lead with 2:14 left in the second period.

Tuch, who was acquired in a trade from the Minnesota Wild at the NHL Expansion Draft on June 21, made it 1-0 at 14:38 of the second.

It was the first game with the Golden Knights (4-1-0) for Subban and Tuch. Subban, claimed off waivers from Boston on Oct. 3, played two games for the Bruins after they selected him in the first round (No. 24) of the 2012 NHL Draft. Tuch played six games for the Wild last season.

David Pastrnak scored with 30 seconds remaining to spoil Subban's shutout bid and get Boston to within 2-1, but Vegas forward Oscar Lindberg's empty-net goal with 14 seconds left made it 3-1.

Tuukka Rask made 23 saves for the Bruins (2-3-0), who went 1-2-0 on a three-game road trip. Boston defeated the Arizona Coyotes 6-2 on Saturday.

Subban, 23, started after Vegas placed No. 1 goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on injured reserve with a concussion earlier in the day. Fleury was injured when he was hit in the head by Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha's knee in a 6-3 loss Friday.

"We know Malcolm well," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "He's a good first-shot goaltender for the most part. We wanted to put some stress on him and make him uncomfortable on those second ones, and I don't think we did a good job on that."

Shipachyov was recalled from Chicago of the American Hockey League on Saturday. The 30-year-old center took the place of forward Erik Haula, who was placed on IR with a lower-body injury.

Tuch, who had an assist on the Shipachyov goal, was recalled from Chicago on Sunday, along with goalie Maxime Lagace. The 21-year-old replaced forward Jonathan Marchessault in the lineup. Marchessault went on IR with a lower-body injury.

"I'm just trying to prove myself," Tuch said. "It was a little speed bump in the road (getting assigned to Chicago), but I've become stronger because of it."

 

Goal of the game

Tuch forced a turnover by Boston center Sean Kuraly at center ice, got control of the puck inside the blue line and shot the puck past Rask in the right corner.

Video: BOS@VGK: Tuch pots first career NHL goal

 

Save of the game

Subban made a left-pad save on a quick Brad Marchand shot from in close off a pass from behind the net from Pastrnak with 4:44 remaining in the first period to keep the game 0-0.

Video: BOS@VGK: Subban robs Marchand with big pad save

 

Highlight of the game

Shipachyov scored his first NHL goal thanks to Tuch, who got to his own rebound to the left of the Boston net and found Shipachyov open for a shot that eluded Rask, David Krejci and Torey Krug.

Video: BOS@VGK: Shipachyov scores in NHL debut

 

They said it

"They were the fresher team. I'm not trying to make excuses, I'm just seeing what I saw. Our guys ran out of gas because they overplayed to an extent." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy

 

"They were great call-ups today, obviously. Everything went well. When you lose guys like [Jonathan] Marchessault, [Erik] Haula and [Marc-Andre] Fleury, you bring these guys in and they played really well. [Goalie Malcolm] Subban played a really strong game." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant

 

Need to know

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid left the game with 5:45 remaining after he was hit in his right leg by a slap shot from Golden Knights defenseman Colin Miller. ... Defenseman Brad Hunt had the first shot on goal for Vegas with 5:15 remaining in the first period. ... The Golden Knights tied the 1967-68 Los Angeles Kings for most points through an NHL expansion team's first five games (eight). ... Vegas defensemen Jason Garrison and Brayden McNabb each was a healthy scratch. Hunt and Jon Merrill replaced them in the lineup. ... Subban is one of two younger brothers of Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban, 28. Jordan Subban, 22, is a defenseman prospect for the Vancouver Canucks.

 

What's next

Bruins: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, TVA Sports, NESN, NHL.TV)

Golden Knights: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; SN360, ATTSN-RM, MSG-B, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Subban gets first NHL win as Vegas beats Boston, 3-1

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