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A goaltending debate sparks in Boston after only one game

Published April 22, 2024 at 8:38

The Boston Bruins sent a clear message at the National Hockey League trade deadline regarding their goaltending future, with Jeremy Swayman emerging as their preferred choice.

Attempts to trade Linus Ullmark, a move blocked by Ullmark exercising his contractual right, underscored the organization's stance, signaling that they don't view Ullmark as part of their long-term plans. Consequently, Swayman earned the nod as the starting goaltender for Game 1, a decision that proved justified.

Throughout the season, the Bruins have operated with a goaltending tandem, alternating starts between Swayman and Ullmark, a strategy that has yielded positive results. While conventional wisdom might suggest Ullmark could take the net for Game 2 against the Maple Leafs, recent comments from Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery suggest a potential goaltending controversy brewing.

Montgomery's remarks indicate uncertainty regarding the Bruins' goaltending direction for the upcoming game. "We're still contemplating," admitted Montgomery on Sunday.
"It's gonna be hard to go away from [Swayman] after the way he played."

Indeed, Swayman's stellar performance against the Maple Leafs in Game 1 has propelled the Bruins to an early series lead and reflects his consistency against Toronto throughout the season. With a flawless 3-0 record and a remarkable .959 save percentage in previous matchups, Swayman's dominance continued in Game 1, boasting a stellar .972 save percentage and a 1.01 goals-against average.

As Swayman continues to excel and solidify his position as the Bruins' goaltender of the future, Ullmark may find himself relegated to a secondary role. While this development may not align with Ullmark's preferences, the Bruins' commitment to Swayman, coupled with his outstanding performances, make a compelling case for this goaltending transition.

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A goaltending debate sparks in Boston after only one game

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