PHILADELPHIA – Just one day after dressing in his first NHL game, Jeremy Swayman made his first NHL start on Tuesday night.
Former UMaine goalie Jeremy Swayman earned his NHL win in his debut with the Boston Bruins, making 40 saves in the Bruins 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
The Boston Bruins announced Tuesday morning that rookie goaltender Jeremy Swayman will be making his first NHL start in the Bruins’ second game of a back-to-back with the Philadelphia Flyers.
After winning the 2020 Mike Richter Award for best college goalie while at UMaine, Swayman signed a deal with the Bruins organization. He made nine starts this season for AHL Providence, holding an 8-1 record and .933 save percentage. He was previously called up to the Bruins taxi squad twice, after Rask suffered the upper body injury that placed him on the injured reserve, but did not dress.
Swayman backed up Dan Vladar in the Bruins 3-2 overtime loss to the Flyers on Monday night after Jaroslav Halak tested positive for COVID-19. Goalie Tuuka Rask is on the injured reserve with an unspecified upper body injury.
After stopping all 13 goals in the first period, Swayman gave up his first goal to Jakub Voracek off a Bruins turnover in the offensive zone. Two and a half minutes later, the Flyers would tie the game at 2-2 when Shayne Gostisbehere scored from the slot, off an assist from Voracek.
The Flyers would not score again in the game, as Swayman stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced in the second period, and the four shots he faced in the third period. He finished the game with 40 saves, the most for a Bruins goalie in their NHL debut since Bernie Parent in 1965.
Brad Marchand would score the go-ahead goal in the third period, to secure Swayman’s first win, and the Bruins would add an empty net goal for a4-2 final.
“My mentality throughout the game was just ‘don’t get high, don’t get too low.’ I learned that from [UMaine assistant coach] Alfie Michaud back at Maine, and that’s going to stick with me for a long time, just one shot at a time,” said Swayman, after the win.
“He’s pretty relaxed, competitive guy obviously. What I’ve been told, he was used to some of those nights at Maine, but that’s atypical of our team. Thought we did a nice job in the third in front of him. He did a nice job, he deserved much better support than we gave him, and he eventually got it in the third, and I’m happy for him,” said Bruce Cassidy, Bruins head coach.
With his debut, Swayman is the first UMaine goalie to make the NHL since Scott Darling made his first appearance for the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 26, 2014. Swayman is the eleventh former Black Bear netminder to appear in an NHL game, following in the footsteps of goalies like: Ben Bishop, Jimmy Howard, Garth Snow, Michaud, and current Bruins Goalie Development Coach Mike Dunham.
The Bruins next travel to Washington, D.C. to face the Capitals on Thursday night. No decision has been made for a goalie in that game, as of late Tuesday night.