Julien: Vigneault, Canucks are hypocrites


Julien: Vigneault, Canucks are hypocrites

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Claude Julien has always disliked when opposing coaches speak negatively about his players. And on Monday, Julien was especially upset at the attacks on Brad Marchand coming from Vancouver.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault put out some not-so-subtle threats toward the Bs agitator after Marchand was tossed out of Saturdays game for clipping Sami Salo and causing the Vancouver defenseman to flip over.Vigneault said Marchand is going to get it and "the kid is going to get hurt"for his antics, intimating that players were eventually going to police Marchand by attempting to hurt him on the ice.

Thats where Julien drew the line on Monday morning after Bruins practice at TD Garden.
Rarely has the Bruins' coach been as fired up as he was about the verbal barbs thrown at Marchand. Peter Chiarelli called Vigneault's comments "unprofessional" during a few moments with the media, and then Julien opened up.

I think its pretty hypocritical . . . everything thats been going on, Julien said. "Its unfortunate. Sometimes you have to look in your own backyard.
We all know Vigneault has the same type of players on his team. Theyve all done the same thing. You just have to look at Alex Burrows putting his blade in Shawn Thorntons throat prior to Saturday's brawl.
"Its so hypocritical. I guess were stupid. Were idiots and theyre the smartest team in the league. We need to listen to all of the gab that they have to say.

Marchand has a phone hearing with Brendan Shanahan and the Department of Player Safety staff at noon on Monday, and he will soon find out the disciplinary fate that awaits him. Marchand will likely be forced to pay the price with a suspension, especially since his actions resulted in an injury for Salo (concussion).

Whatever the punishment, the Bruins will deal with it internally rather than running to the league. "That's not our style. There are people watching in Toronto. I'm going to let the league decide whatever they want to decide on it. You've got to let those people do their jobs," said Julien. "If the NHL feels we crossed the line then we have to deal with it. But all ofthis stuff today is the 'famous' propaganda from the other side."One thing Marchands teammates and coaches wont stand for, though? Other teams standing as judge, jury and potential executioner.

McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff


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.