BruinsFlames: 5 from the Third

BruinsFlames: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comCALGARY Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins beating the Flames by a 3-1 score after 60 minutes at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Bruins' new look lineup cooled off a Calgary team thats 7-1-2 in its last 10 games.1)Tyler Seguin getting some serious third period minutes in a 2-0 game in Calgary with 20-something games to go in the season. Thats a good move by the coaching staff and hes responding by getting stronger and stronger on the puck.2)Three takeaways, an assist and 11 of 15 faceoff wins for Patrice Bergeron on a night when you didnt hear his name much, but he was winning battles all over the ice.3)Michael Ryder caught a high stick from Curtis Glencross that gave the Bruins a four-minute power play to sandwiched between the second and third period, but he was back out there for the final 20 minutes.4)Four blocked shots for Tomas Kaberle. Never knew that was a big part of his overall hockey game, but hes been doing it pretty consistently with the Bs in the two games since he arrived.5)Tim Thomas had Olli Jokinen, Jarome Iginla and the rest of the Flames shaking their heads in exasperation and frustration by the end of their loss. Guess the Tuukka Rask-inspired vacation over the last week helped the Tank. Nothing he could do on the Curtis Glencross power play goal at the end of the third.

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.