Chara to take part in Lokomotiv charity game

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Chara to take part in Lokomotiv charity game

Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara will be among a group of European and Russian hockey players getting together next month for a charity hockey game to honor the memory of the players, coaches and team staff that tragically perished in the Lokomotiv plane crash last fall.
The exhibition game will be played on Aug. 4 in Switzerland and is being called Memory Night while pitting the Swiss Leagues Kolten Flyers against an All-Star team that includes Chara, Evgeni Malkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Bryzgalov, Sergei Gonchar and Alex Semin among others.
Chara was among the NHL players particularly stung by the Lokomotiv accident last September when his friend and Slovakian countryman Pavol Demitra was killed after the Russian passenger plane tragically crashed shortly after take-off. Chara left informal Bruins practices last September to attend Demitras funeral services and was understandably emotional while talking about the untimely death of one of his closest friends in hockey.
Alexei Kovalev, Alex Yashin, Sergei Fedorov and Sandis Ozolinsh are among the retired NHL playerscurrent KHL players that will take part in the exhibition alongside their NHL brethren while former Bruins forward Michael Nylander will be skating for the Kolten Flyers.
Lokomotiv has moved on from the horrible accident and even recently signed former NHL defenseman Niklas Hagman to a contract for next season, but the Memory Night will be a reminder that its truly been a short period of time since the horrible day for hockey that will never be forgotten.

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.