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Bruins’ Jeremy Swayman Shines In Recreation 1, Will He Begin Recreation 2?

BOSTON — Jeremy Swayman was good within the Bruins’ 5-1 Recreation 1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night time.

After going 3-0-0 in opposition to the Leafs within the common season, Swayman made 35 saves within the win, which was additionally his first-ever Recreation 1 begin within the postseason. As spectacular as he was, that doesn’t imply he’ll get the Bruins’ web in Recreation 2 over his goalie associate Linus Ullmark.

“It’s going to be exhausting to go away from Sway,” Montgomery instructed reporters after the win. “I imply, he performed a terrific sport. We went 5-1, but when we determined to go along with Ullmark, then we’re comfy with it. And our crew is comfy with it. It doesn’t have an effect on us within the room, whoever begins subsequent.”

Montgomery had not shared who would begin even after the morning skate earlier than Boston’s tilt with Toronto. Neither the Leafs nor Bruins followers knew Swayman was beginning till he led the crew out onto the ice for warmups.

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“Very excited (to get the beginning),” Swayman instructed reporters after the sport. “It’s an amazing alternative, and I used to be actually proud of the outcome.”

Through the Nationwide Anthem, Swayman was all smiles as he regarded up on the American flag in TD Backyard.

“Dream come true,” Swayman mentioned of what was going by way of his thoughts as Todd Angily belted out the “Star Spangled Banner.” “It’s such a privilege to play on this league and for this metropolis. Taking that first lap and listening to the followers, seeing the towels had an emotional feeling. Simply perceive how exhausting it’s to get right here and what an amazing alternative it was. So, I couldn’t wipe that smile off my face the entire night time. It was fairly spectacular.”

Swayman had a shut name within the second interval when he got here out to play the puck after Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy misplaced a race in opposition to Auston Matthews. Swayman misplayed the puck, which allowed Matthews an opportunity on the empty web, however he rang it off the put up.

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“I wished to see if I might get there earlier than him,” Swayman mentioned. “Simply glad it didn’t go in. However I lower down the angle.”

Swayman got here up with a spectacular glove save in opposition to Matthews when an errant clearing try ended up on the Toronto star’s stick.

“I assumed his athleticism allowed him to make some actually good form of bouncing puck rebound saves,” Montgomery mentioned. “He made a few point-blank saves early within the first, after which I assumed we received to our sport so it was actually vital he made these saves.”

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Montgomery doesn’t plan to disclose who will get the nod to for Recreation 2.

“I don’t know who our goalie is. I don’t know who our defensemen are. And, I’m not going to let you know.”

The Bruins host the Leafs at TD Backyard on Monday night time seeking to lengthen their lead within the best-of-seven collection. Protection on NESN begins at 6 p.m. ET.

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