Morning Skate: Wednesday, Feb. 13

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, Feb. 13

Winnipeg Free Press columnist Gary Lawless says that Blake Wheeler needs to step it up in Winnipeg. Dont know where Ive heard that before.

A former teammate of Jarome Iginla says that the Calgary Flames superstars compete level has waned. Maybe thats because hes been in that mess in Calgary for too long?

Edmonton Oilers playmaker Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is trying to keep a 23-game goalless drought from getting the best of him.

Down Goes Brown gives his humorous version of injuries afflicting teams across the NHL.

Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding will take him away from the NHL in order to get his body accustomed to his new Multiple Sclerosis medication.

Patrick Kane is without one of his normal standbys this season, and perhaps its making a difference as hes off to his best career stars with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The NHL brand has lost some of its value after the four month lockout, according to a study of the hockey league and branding.

For something completely different: a powerful Esquire story about the man that killed Osama Bin Laden and whats happened to him in the years subsequent to that mission.

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.