Did Boucher play the refs to Bolts' advantage?


Did Boucher play the refs to Bolts' advantage?

By Joe Haggerty

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Eric Furlatt saga continued in Game 6 after Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher used his pregame press conference as a bully pulpit to critique the NHL official for his inability to award Tampa Bay with power plays in the recent past.

Boucher said before the game that Furlatt had called 24 penalties against the Lightning and only 9 of them in favor of Tampa Bay. Furlatt had a series of calls against the Bolts early in the game as well, but then fellow ref Kelly Sutherland got involved and questionable calls to Dennis Seidenberg and Rich Peverley led to power-play goals for the Bolts in the second period.

Bruins coach Claude Julien was visibly frustrated about the calls, and frustrated about losing the special-teams battle. The Tampa Bay power play went 3-for-and the Bruins were only 1-for-5 while losing oodles of momentum and energy in the process.

Obviously special teams was a difference maker, said Julien. They scored three goals on the power play and it obviously took us a long time to get the first one. That certainly dictated the game.

Whats more disappointing is the fact that I dont know if I agree with those calls. Hopefully what was said by Boucher in the morning didnt have any impact on the game. If it did, Id be really disappointed. I guess it certainly makes things look even worse. Referees have a tough job to do. Youre allowed to agree or disagree, but theyve got a job to do. But it was something that was tough to swallow.

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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.