BruinsPanthers: 5 from the First

BruinsPanthers: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Panthers by a 1-0 score at the TD Garden after 20 minutes of play.1)The Bruins and David Krejci appear to have dodged a bullet when the center was shoved into the corner boards by Rostislav Olesz and appeared hurt while clutching his left wrist and elbow. But Krejci quickly returned to the ice without missing more than a shift and finished off the period after appearing to be okay.2)Brad Marchand scores on a nice looking wraparound goal for his 13th of the season after a video play showed it was a legitimate goal. There should be an investigation as to why Marchand wasnt chosen as one of the rookies to take part in the NHL superskills challenge considering hes sixth among rookies with his 13 goals and leads all first-year players with a plus-21. Seven goals and four assists forMarchand in his last 11 games.Does the NHL actually check the stats at all?3)Some pretty good jump out of Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin 23 of the Passenger Line that was cobbled together at the end of the Kings game and proof positive of what each player is capable of when theyre skating hard and playing at top speed. Thats the way they should be playing all of the time.4)Three shots on net for Johnny Boychuk, who has been on target with a number of bombs from the point as the Bruins are keeping plenty of pressure on Tomas Vokoun and the Panthers defense.5)Speaking of the Panthers defense, the Garden crowd has been continuously booing Dennis Wideman each and every time he touches the puck. Guess all isnt forgiven with Wideman after last season. An amazing Wideman stat: hes the only Florida defensemen with a minus rating and is worst on Florida with a whopping minus-16.

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.