Morning Skate: Thursday, May 10

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Morning Skate: Thursday, May 10

A great charity opportunity to help out a hockey-loving youngster that is fighting a terrible disease.

CBC Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean is in a little hot water after comparing the Rangers and Capitals to police officers and firefighters during 911. Why does anybody even try to go there?

CSN Washington compatriot Chuck Gormley says that the players want Dale Hunter back in Washington next season, but the question is what he wants to be doing next year. Hunter has been very noncommittal.

Deadspin attempts to use accounts from college kids in Wisconsin to reconstruct Patrick Kanes wild drunken romp through a weekend there.

Bob Gainey is officially hired to consult the Dallas Stars in all hockey operations, but not sure how this makes any sense after the abomination he helped leave behind in Montreal.

Allan Walsh says the NHL should adjust their concussion safeguards to match those of the NFL when it comes to a third party evaluating players suspected of having a head injury.

Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber has some options for next season though hell be only a restricted free agent this time around.

Braden Holtby has all the answers against the New York Rangers in Game 6, and that will set up a big Game 7 showdown between the Capitals and Blueshirts.

For something completely different: somebody tries to convince the world that Los Angeles is now the sports capital of the world rather than New York or Boston. Thats right, the city that doesnt have an NFL team and leaves in the seventh inning of baseball games at Dodgers Stadium.

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.