Cup may be empty for Kampfer, Hnidy

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Cup may be empty for Kampfer, Hnidy

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
Marc Savard will get his name on the Stanley Cup after his season was cut short by another terrible concussion in January against the Colorado Avalanche, but fellow teammates Steve Kampfer and Shane Hnidy might not be so lucky.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said that hed been in contact via phone with league officials about Savards status, and his longstanding contributions to the Bruins along with his grievous injury made it a pretty cut-and-dry decision to include No. 91 on the chalice.

They have their criteria. I spoke with Jim Gregory and Colin Campbell about the contribution to the team in general and his level of play, said Chiarelli. I dont know if they had anything set in stone, but they basically agreed with it and told me that hed be on the Cup.

Chiarelli said he hadnt heard anything definitive on the status of either Kampfer or Hnidy, but hed know about both by the end of the week. Things, however, don't look quite as promising for those two as it does for Savard.

Kampfer came up just short in terms of the 41 games played required by NHL rules, and neither Hnidy nor Kampfer appeared in any Stanley Cup Final games, which would have automatically qualified them for Cup inclusion.

Hnidy only played in a handful of games after signing in February, but did fill in when Chara missed a game against Montreal due to the serve dehydration that struck him midway through the Canadiens series.

Im going to know about Kampfer and Hnidy shortly, said Chiarelli. Ive had discussions with them, but those are tougher arguments, unfortunately. Ill know that by the end of the week.

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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.