Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 4-2 win over the Flyers in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:
Swayman stands on head
Going from just nine games of pro experience down in Providence to a starting gig in a pivotal NHL contest in Philadelphia might have been a major ask for Jeremy Swayman, but the B's young netminder didn't just hold his own on Tuesday night — he just about willed the Bruins to two valuable points in the standings.
A shorthanded Bruins' defense didn't make things easy on the 22-year-old goalie, but Swayman withstood volley after volley from the Flyers, turning aside 40 of the 42 shots that came his way en route to a standout NHL debut — and a first career win in what was ultimately a 4-2 victory for the B's at Wells Fargo Center.
While Swayman stood tall in net for Boston — especially during a putrid second period in which the B's were outshot, 25-7 — Boston's leaders up front did the heavy lifting in the O-zone, with Patrice Bergeron scoring a hat trick and Brad Marchand (four total points) putting Boston ahead for good with a clutch shorthanded goal at 8:21 in the third period.
Boston couldn't have asked for a better start against a team that entered the night just three points behind them in the East Division standings, with Bergeron finding the back of the net twice in the opening 20 minutes — and Swayman turning aside all 13 shots that he faced, including a shorthanded breakaway bid from Scott Laughton.
The second period, however, was a different story — with Philly scoring twice in less than three minutes to erase the B's strong start. However, it could have been much worse if it wasn't for the play of Swayman, who still managed to make an absurd 23 saves in the middle frame. Boston's poor puck play continued in the third, but the club got a much-needed spark from Marchand, who tucked a puck through Carter Hart's five-hole on a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush with Jeremy Lauzon to give the Bruins the lead once again. Bergeron buried the empty-netter at 19:37 to complete the hat trick and secure Swayman's hard-earned victory.
It was far from a pretty win — rather you could make the argument that Boston didn't deserve two points based on their poor play beyond the likes of guys like Swayman, Bergeron and Marchand — but in a contest with plenty at stake, the B's big guns (and a rookie netminder) all came through.
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