Bruins raffle offers youth teams chance to be coached by Julien

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Bruins raffle offers youth teams chance to be coached by Julien

While the NHL is locking out its players for the foreseeable future, it appears the Bruins will be putting coach Claude Julien to work for a good cause. The Boston Bruins Foundation announced a raffle that will give one Massachusetts youth hockey team the chance to be coached for a full game by the Cup-winning Bs coach.

No word on whether Julien will strictly deploy his young players into the left wing lock, but it would surely be a thrill for any local kid to have an NHL coach chirping at them on the bench. It should be a fun day for the always charitable coach as well. Julien wont have to worry about Brad Marchand taking mock golf swings at the opposing bench or wonder if Tim Thomas is going to skip the game for philosophical reasons.

The Bs coach is already set to coach the youth hockey team in a game set for Sunday, October 28 at 2 p.m. at the Haverhill Valley Forum.

The raffle is open now and will continue through Monday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. before the foundation will declare a winner. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased online at www.bruinsraffles.org for 5 per ticket, with the net proceeds benefitting the Boston Bruins Foundation and Massachusetts Hockey. Entrants must purchase a minimum of two tickets. Please note that the raffle is only open to Massachusetts residents.

McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

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McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

BRIGHTON, Mass -- It hasn’t been an easy road for Bruins rookie goaltender Zane McIntyre since getting called back up by Boston a few weeks ago.

The 24-year-old netminder is trying to give the B’s top-level goaltending while earning the trust of the Bruins coaching staff, and adjusting to the sporadic playing time that goes along with playing understudy to a No. 1 netminder like Tuukka Rask. The three goals allowed in the third period of Sunday afternoon’s 5-1 loss to the Penguins didn’t look good on paper, but really there wasn’t much McIntyre could do with the defense totally breaking down in front of him during a 12-shot barrage in the final 20 minutes.

The 3.95 goals against average and .860 save percentage certainly look like a little frightening for the first-year goalie, but the truth is there’s going to be some bumps as he adjusts to life as a backup for the first time.

“[The adjustment] is mostly between the ears, to be honest,” said McIntyre. “I have confidence in my physical abilities and I know what I can do, and what makes my game successful. So right now it’s just building confidence every day in practice and staying persistent, staying with it. I know good things are going to happen when you surround yourself with good people, and the biggest thing is battling every day and making sure I’m contributing to the team.”

McIntyre will certainly have to be sharp if he’s put back in the crease on Tuesday night against the Red Wings after Rask exited from Sunday’s loss in the second period with symptoms of a migraine. The Bruins top goalie missed practice on Monday while getting himself checked out medically, and there’s a chance he could be out if the symptoms are in any way related to the Roman Josi shot he took off his neck last week.

“I’m just taking it day-by-day to be honest. That’s what I’ve always done in the past, and I’m just trying to build up confidence every day,” said McIntyre, who had been lights out in Providence prior to getting the call to Boston. “We’ll just see what happens and roll with it.”

That’s a challenge McIntyre will certainly be up for in a different way than Sunday’s mop-up duty, but it remains to be seen just how steady-footed the Bruins will be about their goalie situation if Rask is expected to miss any time this week.