Sunday, December 30, 2012
Prospect Subban shines at World Juniors
By James Murphy
After what could be described as average performances in his first two starts of the 2013 World Junior Championships, Bruins prospect and Canada goalie Malcolm Subban delivered a brilliant game Sunday in a 2-1 win overt the United States. Subban was solid throughout making 36 saves, including 24 through the first two periods as Canada improved to 3-0 in the tournament.
Subban has won all three games, although he had looked shaky in the first two games, allowing three goals on 28 shots in each contest. Apparently he was just shaking off some rust and adapting to the 11 hour time difference in the host city of Ufa, Russia.
"Outstanding," teammate Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said of Subban to TSN Sunday. "There's not much else you can say there. He was there from the first minute to the last and with goaltending like that, you get that much more comfortable up front."
Canada head coach Steve Spott was equally impressed.
"Obviously, (our) goaltending has been under the radar for the last couple of years," Spott told TSN. "So it was great for his confidence and for our hockey club that when you need him to get the job done, he's able to close the door. He was deserving of being the star tonight."
Subban and Canada will face Russia, the defending champions, on New Year's Eve.
In other Bruins related news at the World Junior Championships, prospect Matt Gryzelcyk was the final cut for Team USA just prior to the team's 2-1 loss to Russia Friday. The blueliner will now make the long trek back to Boston and continue his season with Boston University.