Kampfer (knee) may start skating this week

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Kampfer (knee) may start skating this week

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- Steve Kampfer was the only significant injury to the Bruins during the preseason, and even that wasnt all that serious as it turns out.

Kampfer has been doing well rehabbing the MCL sprain in his left knee suffered in the preseason finale against the Ottawa Senators, and Claude Julien said the puck-moving defenseman may be ready to skate some time this week. Thats excellent news for the young blueliner after fearing the worst when he thought he heard a popping noise in the left knee after making contact with Sens skater Jared Cowen.

Hes getting pretty close. Theres a possibility if everything continues to go well that he might start skating this week, said Julien. It will all depend on our medical staff as to whether its to his advantage to skate with us or skate by himself while continuing to get treatment.

Bruins rookie defenseman Matt Bartkowski made the Bs roster out of training camp after Kampfer went down and played in the season opener when Adam McQuaid fell ill, but the expectation is that Kampfer will take over as the spare defenseman for Boston as soon as hes healthy.

The Bruins havent made a determination yet whether Kampfer will accompany them on their road trip through Carolina and Chicago this week to face the Hurricanes and Blackhawks.

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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.