BruinsSenators: 5 from the Third

BruinsSenators: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comOTTAWA Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins taking a 4-2 win over the Senators at Scotiabank Place after 60 minutes of hockey between the two new look teams.1)Nine points in nine games for Nathan Horton, who looks like hes trying everything he can to get back into the hot zone he was living in earlier this season. Potting a game-winning goal on a night that looked destined for the shootout was a good way to keep that going. The two-minute penalty for holding with eight minutes to go in the game might have Claude Julien moving for the Pepto Bismol after the game is over, however.2)Great game for Tuukka Rask, who deserved a heaping amount of credit for the victory. His post-to-post butterfly save on a 2-on-1 from Alex Kovalev to Nick Foligno was a thing of beauty. Looks like the rust is off Rask, and that bodes well for resting Tim Thomas properly down the stretch and into the postseason.3)Two assists for Andrew Ference in the win. He continues to 4)Liked Claude Juliens decision to leave Tomas Kaberle out for both power play units in the third period. He should see plenty of time on the PP and be used in a specialist sort of role to get things going on both units while utilizing one of his strengths as a player. His movement with and without the puck helped set things in motion for Dennis Seidenbergs power play goal that iced the game. That was an example of the power play working exactly at the precise moment that Boston needed it to. 5)Brad Marchand has two goals tonight and is just two goals away from being a 20-goal scorer. Who would have ever thought that possible at the beginning of the season for the pesky Marchand?

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.