Tuch, Shipachyov shine in debuts as Vegas beats Bruins 3-1

The Bruins and Golden Knights clash in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
Alex Tuch of the Vegas Golden Knights prepares to pass against Adam McQuaid as Tuukka Rask falls down in the crease during the second period. –Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

LAS VEGAS (AP) — 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 on Sunday.

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.

Also making his Vegas debut was goalie Malcolm Subban, who stopped 21 shots for the win against his former team.

Subban, 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.


Subban had started only two NHL games, both for Boston. He spent most of his time in Providence, where he played in 127 minor league games over four seasons. His best year statistically was during the 2014-15 season, when he finished with a .921 save percentage. In his only two previous NHL starts, Subban had a .727 save percentage for the Bruins.

Tuch, who had four goals and an assist in three AHL games, 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 to give the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead with 5:21 left in the second period. It was Tuch’s 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.

Rask made 25 saves for the Bruins. With their goalie pulled for an extra skater, David Pastrnak scored Boston’s goal with 30 seconds left.

Golden Knights center Oscar Lindberg added an empty-net goal with 14 seconds remaining.

The Bruins, who completed their first of 14 sets of back-to-back games after winning 6-2 in Arizona on Friday, were 4-8-2 in the second game of back-to-backs last season.


Boston now returns home for a four-game homestand after completing a 1-2 road trip.

NOTES: After playing only four games in its inaugural season, the dinged-up Golden Knights also placed forward Erik Haula on injured reserve on Saturday. In addition to Tuch and Shipachyov, goalie Maxime Lagace was recalled from Chicago to fill the roster spots. … The Golden Knights continued to struggle with power-play opportunities, failing on four attempts in the game. They are 1 for 21 this season on the power play. … Three Bruins will celebrate milestones in their next game, with Patrice Bergeron approaching his 900th game played, Rask set to play the 400th of his career, and Tim Schaller one short of 100 in his career. … Boston center Ryan Spooner left in the third period and did not return.

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Bruins: Off until Thursday, when they host Vancouver.

Golden Knights: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.


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