The Associated Press
LAS VEGAS–Alex Tuch and Vadim Shipachyov made the most of their debuts with the Vegas Golden Knights as they each scored a goal in a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins yesterday.
It was just the seventh career game for Tuch, who played in six games with Minnesota last season, while Shipachyov was making his NHL debut.
Both players were recalled from Chicago of the AHL to fill roster spots for the suddenly banged-up Golden Knights.
“I always want to make a statement,” said Tuch, who had four goals and an assist in three AHL games.
“I gotta try to prove myself in this league.
“I understand the situation management was in,” he noted. “It wasn’t performance-based so that made me feel a little bit better.
“I tried to go down there and prove I was one of the high-end guys in the AHL, and now I’m trying to prove that I can make this league,” Tuch added.
Also making his Vegas debut was goalie Malcolm Subban, who stopped 21 shots for the win against his former team.
“The biggest thing was just not thinking, staying focused, staying in the moment,” said Subban, who had started only two NHL games, both for Boston.
“It feels really good to get the first win in your first game.”
Subban, who was claimed off waivers Oct. 3 from the Bruins, got the nod when No. 1 goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was placed on injured reserve earlier in the day.
“We know Malcolm well. He’s a good first-shot goaltender,” said Bruins’ coach Bruce Cassidy.
“We wanted to put some stress on him, make him uncomfortable in those second ones, and I don’t think we did a very good job with that,” he admitted.
The Golden Knights took a 1-0 lead with 5:21 left in the second period when Tuch poked the puck away from Sean Kuraly, skated past Kevan Miller, and beat Boston goalie Tuukka Rask with a shot in the upper left corner for his first NHL goal.
Three minutes later, after Rask stopped Tuch’s attempt and fell on his back with traffic around the net, Shipachyov slid the puck past the scrum in front to make it 2-0 with 2:14 left in the period.
With its goalie pulled for an extra skater, David Pastrnak scored Boston’s goal with 30 seconds left.
Golden Knights’ centre Oscar Lindberg added an empty-net goal with 14 seconds to go.
Elsewhere in the NHL, Buffalo beat Anaheim 3-1 and L.A. edge the N.Y. Islanders 3-2.