BOSTON (CBS) – There aren’t many worse ways to return to home ice for the first time since you lost the Stanley Cup with a 17-second late-game lapse just three months ago.
Facing a Detroit Red Wings team that brought Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk from Motown to the Hub for the Bruins’ first home game of the preseason, the Bruins did little right en route to an 8-2 whooping at TD Garden.
However, it was still just preseason. And one veteran and one rookie went through important experiences in Boston’s third preseason game overall.
Rookie Malcolm Subban made his first start and found out that all those NHL-caliber shots he’s heard about and talked about for years are for real. He let in all eight goals on 28 shots. To his credit, he wasn’t crying in his postgame beverage or hiding in the farthest regions of the dressing room after the debacle.
“You know, they’re a good team,” said the Bruins’ 2012 first-round pick. “And it can only get better from here. I’m not looking at it that way. I’m looking at it in a positive way. It’s probably a good thing. Now I can be more focused obviously and start the game better. Going down 2-0 pretty early like that doesn’t help.”
Subban let up two goals in the first, two in the second and four in the third. Prior to that first goal of the night by Justin Abdelkader, the Bruins enjoyed one of their few celebratory moments of the evening when Gregory Campbell took his first shift in a game since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh. His shattered fibula now healed and his ability to play in games cleared by team doctors, Campbell took the ice to a rousing ovation even though all he did was skate …read more
Source: CBS local Boston