Bruins notebook: Jeremy Swayman is rising to the occasion

Jeremy Swayman was given a problem/alternative final week when Linus Ullmark went down with an damage. If you’ve paid any consideration to the University of Maine product’s younger profession up to now, it must be no shock that the 25-year-old netminder has seized it with each palms.

With Swayman beginning his third recreation in a row on Monday, he posted his third shutout of the season with a 31-save efficiency in a 3-0 win over the Devils and he’s 2-0-1 with 5 objectives (4 in regulation) allowed in that stretch since Ullmark went down.

“I’s nice to be able to see him have this opportunity,” mentioned coach Jim Montgomery. “If Linus wasn’t injured we wouldn’t have seen it. But his makeup is of someone that wants to the net every night. Linus has that too but the swagger that (Swayman) brings, it feels like he never gets tired. And he is in tremendous shape and condition, so that probably helps his mental (state). But his mental attitude, his positivity, he exudes it and it goes through our bench.”

Swayman improved his season file to 13-3-7 with a .922 save proportion and a couple of.38 objectives towards common. He’s 4-1-2 in his begins because the Christmas break.

While Swayman may all the time cease of the puck, Montgomery has seen his general recreation develop.

“When I look at Sway’s game, he continues to improve. He’s much better this year than he was last year. His game management is better… when to move the puck up, when to recognize the other team’s changing and we can catch them,” mentioned Montgomery. “And then just his overall presence in the crease. He’s always had a swagger and confidence to him, but now he really seems to be dialed in as far as tracking and depth in the crease.”

While the netminding kinds are completely different, Swayman’s obtained the identical type of combativeness as former Bruin Tim Thomas. Swayman’s a battler. He’s not afraid to shove an opponent if he’s lingering too lengthy close to his crease. When he was pulled from a recreation earlier within the season, he clearly didn’t prefer it within the second.

And he raised a couple of eyebrows after the final Saturday’s win in St. Louis when, requested an innocuous query about being named to the All-Star crew, he introduced up his arbitration case from final summer season and the way he “heard things a player should never hear.”

He was requested on Monday if that have offers motivation for him nonetheless.

“I think it was a great learning experience. I’m not going to lean on it,” mentioned Swayman. “It’s already happened. What’s happened has happened and I’m living in the present moment. Again, it just goes back to the experience and I wouldn’t be the human being I am, I wouldn’t be the player I am if I didn’t go through it, if I didn’t have the years in college, if I didn’t have the years in junior and the years in the NHL. I’m grateful for everything that’s come my way and excited for what’s to come.”

What’s to return is most probably an honest elevate from his $3.475 million wage. He’s obtained arbitration rights once more however it’s wager either side would need to keep away from that once more. His worth will solely go up if he continues to indicate that he’s a goalie who can deal with the majority of the begins.

That’s the following development to his profession that Swayman clearly needs to take.

“I love when people know that. Because I know that I want the net every night and that’s what I want my teammates to know, I want my coaches to know, I want this organization to know,” mentioned Swayman. “And I actually love being in the net. It’s where I feel most comfortable. It’s what I’m born to do and every opportunity I get, I don’t take it for granted. I enjoy it to the fullest, have a smile on my face every time and look forward to more.”….

On the lately accomplished four-game highway, David Pastrnak picked up at east some extent in all however one recreation. But he had tough moments within the first three video games that went to extra time that B’s misplaced.

In Colorado, his fast shock shootout try that was turned away by Alexander Georgiev was extensively criticized (although in actuality by far the least of his mishaps). In Arizona, he failed on two clear breakaway makes an attempt in OT. And in Vegas, his dangerous determination within the impartial zone led to the game-winning 2-on-1 for the Golden Knights. Even within the win in St. Louis, he obtained away with a giveaway and a visit in OT earlier than Charlie McAvoy’s winner.

But he was extra like himself on Monday, ripping a one-timer on the ability play to provide the B’s a 2-0 lead and choosing up a secondary helper on Charlie Coyle’s objective.

“When you’re used to scoring and doing as much as he does, (and he has) two games where either he’s off or the puck’s not going in the net because he’s missing opportunities, he’s hard on himself. He expects great things from himself,” mentioned Montgomery. “When we were in St. Louis, I went to talk to him at the morning skate and – he’s done this to me several times – he cuts me off, doesn’t allow me to talk. And he says ‘I’m going to be good tonight. Don’t worry about it.’”

He’s had 4 factors (1-3-4) within the final two video games.

Said Pastrnak: “As a pro athlete, you’re always looking for a little reset. He season is long and this stuff’s going to happen…It’s good to come back home and play in front of your fans, spend time with the family.”…

Pavel Zacha returned to the lineup after lacking a recreation with an sickness. He was “not close to 100 percent” in line with Montgomery. But he performed 15:49 and the trouble was a lot appreciated by the coach….

Brandon Carlo, Derek Forbort, Matt Poitras and Ullmark all skated on Monday however none have been accessible for the matinee towards the Devils.