Morning Skate 415: Krejci doesn't like P.K. Subban

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Morning Skate 415: Krejci doesn't like P.K. Subban

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com
WILMINGTON, Mass. Its pretty clear David Krejci doesnt like Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban after the Habs rookie drew a hooking call on the Bs center in last nights first period that would have been judged as a 10.0 by the Russian judges at the Olympics.The Bruins received a quick make-up call when Montreal scrapper Ryan White was called for a roughing penalty on Andrew Ference in the corner, but that still didnt stop Krejci from speaking his Czech Republic mind after the game.He wont be getting together for any dinners with Subban this summer, and its the start of some necessary hard feelings between the Bruins and Canadiens as the series moves along.Im not going to say what I think about him," Krejci said. "But I dont like him. He didnt have to go down that easily. It was a call. I dont think it was a bad call or a good call. It was just a call that was made, but if he made the call thats fine with me but hes got to make the call on the other side. That happened to me, so thats what Im kind of mad about.We knew there was going to be some bad calls or some missed calls. Were all human. Us as players, we make mistakes on the ice and the refs do too. It is what it is. Youve just got to fight through it.One quick addition to Krejcis thoughts: Itll be much more meaningful if he and the rest of the Bruins actually start showing on the ice how much they dont like Subban and the rest of the Canadiens. Our new Game Story at CSNNE.com compiled and created by the talented Adam Hart a feature that takes you through an entire day of Game 1 BruinsHabs coverage by CSNNE in two minutes. The glorious story of the Green Men at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver byThe Provinceyears after they first appeared following the Canucks. Yet another gift from It's Always Funny in Philadelphia. Five questions with Dustin Byfuglien from the Atlanta Journal Constitution as the Thrashers defenseman watches the playoffs from the outside looking in. Joe Colborne with some veiled criticism of the Bruins on his way out of the door with the Maple Leafs. Guess he didnt like being held accountable. The Stanley Cup predictions from the CBC crew including the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup and Milan Lucic taking home the Conn Smythe Trophy in his concocted scenario. David Perron talks about his battles through concussions, and the notion that hed considering playing next season even if hes not 100 percent. Hope thats just hyperbole on his part. A group of 20 burning Stanley Cup questions from the writers at the Hockey News.
ht CBC reporter Elliotte Friedman remarks on the pressure being applied to both Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli thats made them say some pretty strange things lately. A good look by WEEI.coms D.J. Bean at the legend of the Andrew Ference E-Bay Bruins jacket players are passing to each other after wins, and the germination of the Darth Quaider nickname. Looch Skywalker is brilliant. FOH (Friend of Haggs) Puck Daddy asks what the fame equivalent to a Stanley Cup playoff beard is, and thats a pretty fair question. Here are some great thoughts from the iDesk by CBCs talented host Jeff Marek after the first batch of playoff games.
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Rask skates, expected to play tonight vs. Red Wings

Rask skates, expected to play tonight vs. Red Wings

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins held an optional morning skate on Tuesday morning at Warrior Ice Arena with little more than a handful of B’s players skating, but the most important player to Boston success, Tuukka Rask, was taking part after missing practice on Monday.

Rask missed Monday’s practice session while getting checked out medically following his exit from Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh due to vision issues. He said on Tuesday that it was all related to migraines that have cropped up a couple of times in his NHL career. The Bruins No. 1 netminder also said he was good to play on Tuesday night against the Red Wings with just a couple of home games left until this weekend’s All-Star break.

That was the kind of good news embattled coach Claude Julien was looking for as Boston looks to end its season-worst, four-game losing streak.

“We’ve got good news so far, so that’s nice to see,” Julien said of Rask, who has started 13 of Boston’s past 14 games dating to a Dec. 27 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. “Obviously it was because of the migraines, so hopefully we won’t see much more of that.”

In other Black and Gold health news, both Colin Miller and Kevan Miller have been cleared to play, and are expected to rejoin the B’s lineup with John-Michael Liles and Joe Morrow headed for healthy scratches. Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings as the Red Wings arrive for a divisional tilt after a shootout loss for Boston last week at Joe Louis Arena:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Vatrano-Krejci-Backes

Schaller-Nash-Beleskey

Spooner-Moore-Hayes

 
Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

K. Miller-C. Miller


Rask
 

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.