VANCOUVER Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Canucks locked in a scoreless tie at Rogers Arena.1) Bostons first line of David Krejci, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic have put 12 shots on net. Theyre getting plenty of room to work with, and theyre also getting their nasty on. Lucic and Kevin Bieksa have mixed it up several times as No. 17 has been playing the body, and Dan Hamhuis hit on Lucic in the second period touched off an angry scrum by the benches. Hamhuis seemed to administer a nice hip check on Lucic that flipped the power forwards legs over his head, but Hamhuis limped off the ice after several Bruins players converged on the Vancouver defensemen.
2)Alexandre Burrows is already taking a villains role in the series after two periods of hockey. He earned a penalty and possibly a suspension for biting the index finger on Patrice Bergerons right hand at the end of the first period. Then he hooked Tim Thomas skates as he was falling down in the second period. Brad Marchand identified him as a rat before the series started, and hes been exactly that in the early going.3)Six hits for Johnny Boychuk in 13:33 of action in the first two periods. The defenseman is clearly into it. The amount of physicality from the Canucks has been impressive in Game 1 as well. Vancouver isnt shying away from taking the body and actually leads the Bruins in the hit department by a 22-19 margin after two periods.4)The Bruins have taken too many penalties in the first two periods. A holding call by Brad Marchand shouldnt have happened and did because he was venting frustration. The Bruins are playing with fire and have to be careful. Six power plays are way too many for Vancouver.5)Tim Thomas has been a difference maker thus far. Only 20 saves for Thomas, but hes been great against a bevy of grade 'A' chances from the Canucks through the first 40 minutes. Daniel Sedin has been busy with six shots on net.
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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.