BruinsIslanders: 5 from the Third

BruinsIslanders: 5 from the Third

By Joe HaggertyCSNNE.comUNIONDALE, N.Y. Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins dropping an ugly one to the New York Islanders by a 4-2 score at Nassau Coliseum after 60 minutes of play.1) The Brad Marchand interference penalty at the end of the second period allowed the Islanders back into the game, and it appears that Claude Julien has benched Marchand here in the third period. Ten seconds of ice time in the entire stretch of hockey.2) Nathan Horton drops the gloves with Jack Hillen with less than seven minutes to go in the third period of a one-goal game. There are times to fight and there are times to take a number that was a time to take a number.3) The Bruins allowed New York 40 shots on net in tonights game. That isnt going to get it done defensively. The Bs looked like a team playing the second game of back-to-back nights when they really needed two points. 4) Matt Bartkowski playing a grand total of five minutes in a game is putting a lot of strain on the rest of the D corps for Boston. Its clear Claude Julien has zero trust in the rookie defenseman.5) A minus-5 for the Bergeron, Peverley and Marchand line tonight with Marchand benched in the third period. Might be time to break them up.

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.