Morning Skate: Wednesday, August 22

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, August 22

Everybodys favorite bombastic hockey analyst, Don Cherry, thinks there will be a two-month work stoppage and I havent heard anything to make me feel any differently. Both Katie Carrera and Puck Daddy have some choice cuts from an interview Michael Neuvirth gave that ripped Alex Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals, Dale Hunter, Braden Holtby and pretty much everything else that wasnt nailed down to the floor. Give the Washington goalie plenty of credit for having a crazily inflated opinion of himself. The Hockey Writers blog has some preliminary rankings for a 2013 NHL Draft class that is supposed to the best in the last 10 years. The Blueshirts United blog sits down with Henrik Lundqvist for a 1-on-1 interview, and manages to not get lost in his dreamy blue eyes. Impressive. Most impressive. Former Montreal Canadiens enforcer Georges Laraque was named the head of the junior hockey players union to forever be known as the CHLPA. There are some interesting things facing that junior hockey players union in a league where the teams truly have all the power at this point in its existence. Sergei Federov sits down for a no holds barred interview that includes leaving his playing career behind to become the general manager of the legendary CSKA Moscow program.
For something completely different: Grantland.com remembers the legacy of Hollywood director Tony Scott after he threw himself off a bridge in LA last week. True Romance was always a big favorite of mine: Scott direction and a Quentin Tarantino script was a dynamite combination.

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.