BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 22: Zane McIntyre #50 of the Boston Bruins makes a save against the Washington Capitals during the second period at TD Garden on September 22, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Bruins recall McIntyre, who could get a start this weekend

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As expected, the Boston Bruins have recalled goalie Zane McIntyre from the AHL, and they’ve assigned goalie Anton Khudobin to Providence.

From the press release:

McIntyre, 24, is undefeated with Providence in 2016-17, compiling a 10-0-0 record. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound netminder leads the AHL in goals against average (1.41) and save percentage (.951), and was recognized as AHL Goalie of the Month for December. 

He has also played in three games with Boston this season, posting a 0-2-0 record with a 4.04 goals against average and .859 save percentage. He also played two games with the Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL, recording a 1.99 goals against average and .931 save percentage.

The B’s start a four-game road trip Saturday at Florida. McIntyre may even start that one, as the Bruins also play Sunday at Carolina.

Tuukka Rask allowed four goals on 25 shots in last night’s 4-3 loss to the Oilers. The B’s (20-17-4) are at risk of falling out of a playoff spot. They’re only two points up on Toronto for third place in the Atlantic Division, and the Leafs have four games in hand.

Related: Khudobin hasn’t solved the Bruins’ backup goalie problem

Schneider shuts out Bruins to help Devils get much-needed win

NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 26: Cory Schneider #35 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Prudential Center on February 26, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. The Lightning shutout the Devils 4-0.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The New Jersey Devils entered Monday’s game against the Boston Bruins trending in the wrong direction in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

They had won just five of their previous 22 games, had fallen to 13th place in the conference, and their player — goaltender Cory Schneiderseemed to be getting frustrated.

So with that in mind, their 3-0 win over the Bruins was a pretty good way for them to start the new calendar year.

Schneider was able to stop all 22 shots he faced on Monday to record his second shutout of the season, while P.A. Parenteau, Sergay Kalinin and Taylor Hall were able to provide the offense.

It has to be a positive sign for the Devils to see Schneider get the shutout because he has struggled through a disappointing first half that has seen him post some of the worst numbers of his career. He entered play on Monday with a .904 save percentage after consistently being near the top of the league over the past three years.

If the Devils are going to find a way to climb back into the Eastern Conference playoff race they are going to need Schneider to play the way he has in recent years. He has too much of a track record and too much talent to keep playing at the level we saw this season and it was only a matter of time before he started to get back to his game. Perhaps this is where that turnaround begins for him.

Speaking of the playoff race, this was a big missed opportunity for the Bruins because they were unable to increase their lead over Tampa Bay and Toronto in the Atlantic Division. With Monday’s loss the Bruins remain just two points ahead of the Lightning and three points ahead of the Maple Leafs. Tampa Bay has two games in hand on them, while Toronto has four.

Bruins can make it three straight wins tonight

Boston Bruins' Frank Vatrano (72) celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The return of Frank Vatrano couldn’t have come at a better time for the Boston Bruins, who could be without David Backes for a while.

The B’s announced Saturday that Backes is out indefinitely with a concussion. Vatrano only recently returned to the lineup, after the 22-year-old was forced to undergo offseason surgery to repair torn ligaments in his foot.

In Saturday’s 3-1 victory over the Sabres, Vatrano scored while skating with Backes’ most common linemates, center David Krejci and winger Ryan Spooner.

Not only did Vatrano open the scoring, the local boy got his first-ever goal at TD Garden.

“Being from [Massachusetts], obviously everyone’s dream growing up is to score in the Garden,” said Vatrano, per CSN New England. “For me, it was pretty cool to be able to do that and it was even better that we got a win out of it.”

Saturday’s win was also encouraging because Patrice Bergeron scored again. Though he only has seven goals on the season, he has three in his last five games.

On top of that, the B’s got a goal from a bottom-six forward. Halfway through the second period, Tim Schaller cut hard to the net and made it 3-0 on a backhand that somehow fooled Robin Lehner.

Read more: It’s been a frustrating season for the Boston Bruins

The B’s will try to make it three straight wins tonight in Newark, where the free-falling Devils have lost four of their last five at Prudential Center and been outscored by a combined margin of 20 to 10.

A Bruins win could catapult them into second place in the Atlantic Division, moving ahead of idle Ottawa.

But the B’s can’t get too comfortable. Not far behind, the Leafs are streaking, and the Lighting and Panthers are fully capable of going on a run.

Bruins’ Marchand replies to Twitter user’s homophobic slur

OTTAWA, ON - MARCH 10: Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins prepares for a faceoff against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on March 10, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

BOSTON (AP) Bruins winger Brad Marchand is standing up to a Twitter user who attacked him with a homophobic slur.

Marchand says the slur happened two days ago and he thought it important to go public and reply directly to the person who wrote it. The player says this struck home because he has a “few friends that are in same-sex relationships.”

In speaking to the media about this before Saturday’s home game against the Buffalo Sabres, Marchand said: “Nowadays it’s not right to go after people that way, so I figured I’d get it out there.”

Marchand says the person who used the slur also directed it at a teammate.

The Boston forward says he replied to the Twitter user, writing: “This derogatory statement is offensive to so many people around the world.”

Concussion issues sideline Bruins’ David Backes indefinitely


The Boston Bruins won both games of their back-to-back set against the Buffalo Sabres, yet Thursday presented a significant injury loss in David Backes.

Backes is out indefinitely due to a concussion suffered thanks to a hit by William Carrier, which you can view in the video above. The 32-year-old dealt with at least one concussion stemming from 2014. (Let’s not forget his exchanges with Duncan Keith, either.)

John-Michael Liles has been sidelined with his own concussion issues since late November, with sparse updates in his regard as well.

Carrier seemed to hurt his hand in a fight with Adam McQuaid as a response to the hit that injured Backes: