BruinsBlackhawks: 5 from the Third

BruinsBlackhawks: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins taking down the Blackhawks by a 3-0 score at TD Garden after a fast-paced first 60 minutes against a fatigued Chicago bunch.1)Ten goals in 18 games and 24 on the season for Nathan Horton, who showed confidence and goal-scoring skill on that third period strike that iced the game for the Bruins. Horton is definitely playing in playoff mode with three weeks to go until the postseason. 2)Shawn Thornton never returned for the Bruins. Well have an update after the game, but that was a nasty looking gash that he took above his right eye from the skate blade of Fernando Pisani.3)Tim Thomas is now 4-0-0 with a 0.50 GAA in his last four games against the Devils, Canadiens, Flyers and Blackhawks. That is just plain getting it done. Wasnt heavily tested, but make a couple of timely saves against Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews on rebounds with traffic in front of the net.4)Patrice Bergeron should send a tape of tonights game to all of the writers voting for the Selke Award because he completely outplayed Jonathan Toews another favorite for the trophy given to the best defensive forward.5)Three shots on net and an assist for Milan Lucic, though he was showing a little frustration when he couldnt pop in a Zdeno Chara rebound that dropped between his skates in front of the net. A good step in the right direction, though he still has a little ways to get back to his full power forward game.

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.