BruinsBlackhawks: 5 from the First

BruinsBlackhawks: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Blackhawks locked in a scoreless tie at the TD Garden after a fast-paced first 20 minutes.1)Bruins dominated the first period by a 12-5 shot count, but couldnt get anything past Corey Crawford. Great rebound chance for Patrice Bergeron and breakaway chance for Brad Marchand during a great start for that line, but couldnt get anything past Crawford despite some very good chances allowed by Chicago.2)Six of Bostons 12 official shots on net were from Bergeron and Marchand, who were all over the ice from beginning to end. A hard fore-check by Marchand and Bergeron is really putting pressure on the Chicago defense in the second night of back-to-back games for the Hawks. Would imagine wearing down Chicagos already weary legs is the plan heading in, but in normal hockey circumstances, failure to cash in on some of those chances can come back to bite a team later on in the game.3)Still no shots for Milan Lucic, who know hasnt had a shot on net in almost a week dating back to last Thursday nights win over the Montreal Canadiens. Lucic isnt getting into the corner and fighting to control the puck, and thats made him pretty passive shift-to-shift on his line. Its not a good look for Looch.4)Not much of a test for Tim Thomas yet in this one, but good to get him in against a quality opponent with teams like the Thrashers, Maple Leafs and Islanders coming up on their schedule. Should be Tuukka time for at least a couple of those games.5)Some very good shifts from the Shawn ThorntonDaniel PailleGregory Campbell line in the first period against the Blackhawks. I can see why Claude Julien is loathe to break them up given the way theyre providing energy and cycling pucks down low each time they get on the ice. Combine that with the occasional goal and the odd fight, and thats a fourth line simply getting their job done.

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.