Kampfer 7-10 days away from skating

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Kampfer 7-10 days away from skating

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON While the Bruins have managed to whistle their way through the first five games of the playoffs in relative health, coach Claude Julien did give an update on injured defenseman Steve Kampfer Sunday morning.The 22-year-old puck-moving blueliner had spent the end of the year with the Providence Bruins after being relegated to healthy-scratch status following a tough game at the end of March in Nashville. He injured his knee during his first weekend with Providence.Kampfer is expected to join the Black Aces team of young reserves once he returns to health, and Julien estimated the young defenseman is 7-10 days away from returning. Hes not back to skating. Hes still getting treatment, said Julien.Shane Hnidy has served as Bostons seventh defenseman for four of the five playoff games, and stepped in to play for Bs captain Zdeno Chara when the 6-foot-9 defenseman suffered severe dehydration and missed Game 2 for Boston. Matt Bartkowski is Bostons other alternative when the inevitable attrition hits Bostons blueline, and a healthy Kampfer would add to that necessary depth situation for the Black and Gold.
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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.