Thornton: Preferred I fought Scott


Thornton: Preferred I fought Scott

Shawn Thornton hasn't played in a game for the Bruins since he was knocked out by Sabres goon John Scott, but he joined Mike Milbury and Mike Felger on CSNNE's Cross Check on Thursday, and it was clear the bright lights aren't hurting his eyes anymore.

Thornton is cleared for contact now, and should be ready to go for the B's at any time.

But does he regret fighting Scott? No chance. Obviously the results weren't what he wanted, but that's how it goes sometimes.

"I prefer myself trying to take care of that as opposed to waiting for something to happen and somebody else having to take care of it. It's my primary job," he said.


Milbury, though, says that Thornton and the B's would be smarter to not fight Scott and instead let his uselessness help the B's.

"If I were coaching, I would have said to you, 'Let this guy go.' I don't think he's a very good hockey player," Milbury said. "In fact, I think he's terrible. I don't think he can pass, I don't think he can skate, I don't think he can shoot. And I think he's an asset to your team to keep him on the ice. And I would say to you, who has nothing to prove after a couple years, that you should just stay away from him."

But Milbury's begging and pleading to leave Scott alone then, now, and forever may fall on deaf ears. Thornton wanted the fight to just happen and go away, but obviously that wasn't the case.

He had previewed some fights of Scott's online before the game something he never does and wasn't sure he could handle him. He was right.

If Milbury had his way, Thornton wouldn't waste his time with a guy like Scott, but we'll see how it plays out plenty more this season.

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.