Seguin 2.0 helping to make Bruins offense click

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Seguin 2.0 helping to make Bruins offense click

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs

BOSTON -- Tyler Seguin is on pace to score 123 points and post a plus-82 rating after the first two games of his second NHL season.

The 19-year-old rolled his eyes and laughed when apprised of the blistering pace hes on after notching three assists in his first pair of NHL games, and that reaction comes with the knowledge hes not likely to see those numbers in even his best seasons.

Hes had a pair of very good games while showing off the kind of confidence, poise, skill and strength thats part of Seguin 2.0 in his second NHL season, and hes also continuously placing new challenges in front of himself. Now its about getting that first goal after hitting a couple of posts in the first two games, and racking up three assists while setting up teammates all over the ice.

I definitely did a good job in the preseason and training camp, and now its about staying consistent. Thats my goal during the season, said Seguin. I know I have a few assists, but I dont have any goals.

I guess the word for it is maybe slowing down. Its finding my game in this league and Im still sort of working on it. Its only been two games, so we have a long way to go this year.

Coach Claude Julien has sounded like something of a broken record on his teenaged offensive catalyst, but actions are speaking just as loudly as the words from Seguins teammates and the coaching staff. The vision all over the ice has greatly improved, hes anticipating things before they happen on the ice and hes willing to do the dirty work required to help create scoring chances in the offensive end.

In other words Seguin is turning into exactly what the Bruins thought they were getting after they selected him with the No. 2 overall pick two summers ago and its happening in only his second season.

Its not complicated. Its confidence, number one," Julien said. "Its the experience of having a year in the league. Over the course of the summer, hes had an opportunity to get a little bit stronger. I can see all that stuff in practice, never mind in games. He goes in the corner now. He battles against Zdeno Chara, and hell battle like he really wants the puck.

Last year he kind of looked over his shoulder, going from juniors to going against the biggest guy in the league. Thats a pretty big step, so all that stuff just feels more comfortable. Now that hes more comfortable, his talent is just starting to show more and more. We just want him to continue playing that way, and were going to encourage him to.

At this point thats exactly what it comes down to for Seguin: Doing it consistently over the course of an 82-game gauntlet and seeing where the numbers stack up at the end of the year while skating with a third line cast of characters like Chris Kelly and Benoit Pouliot.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs.

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.