NHL All-Star Game: 5 from the Third

NHL All-Star Game: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comRALEIGH, N.C. Here are five thoughts from the third period of the NHL All-Star game at the RBC Center in Raleigh with Team Lidstrom taking an 11-10 win over Team Staal after 60 minutes of play.1)Tim Thomas with his third straight win at the NHL All-Star game. Pretty impressive stuff and proof that perhaps Peter Laviolette knows what hes doing going with Tim Thomas in the third period.2)Four assists and a plus-7 for Shea Weber. A plus-8 for Lidstrom. Wow.3)A pleasant enough ending to the game with both teams having it go down to the wire with the goalie pulled. As good as you hope for in a game like this.4)The fantasy draft was fun, and turned out to be the best thing about the entire NHL All-Star weekend. Superskills was uneven with some high points, and the game continues to be a problem given the lack of interestintensity shown by the players.5)Patrick Sharp as MVP is deserved in the All-Star game. Hes become quite a hockey player after being unheralded guy coming out of the University of Vermont. Five shots on net, three points and a plus-2.

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.