My goodness. This game seemed to be all Philadelphia after the second period. The Bruins took a commanding 2-0 lead all the way to the start of the second period. The Flyers looked finished and the Bruins were in the driver’s seat. All of a sudden, the Flyers realized they needed to wake up. This was the first career start for rookie goaltender Jeremy Swayman for the Bruins. It would be a great idea if the opposing team put some shots on him to test if he is ready. The Flyers realized that and went to work in the second period.
If it wasn’t for Jeremy Swayman, the game would have easily been 7-2 after the second period. He stood on his head. The Flyers scored two early goals in the second from Jake Voracek (6) and Shayne Gotisbehere (6). After that, Swayman was a brick wall. The Flyers outshot the Bruins 25-7 in the second period alone. It was Brad Marchand that saved the Bruins in the third period with his outstanding shorthanded goal. Patrice Bergeron came up huge as he always does. He scores his sixth career hat trick to bring his goal total up to 15.
— NHL (@NHL) April 7, 2021
Brad Marchand is the MVP of This Team
Let’s be real here. Without Brad Marchand on this team, the Bruins would be toast. We saw this in the two games he missed from COVID protocols. Tonight just cemented his legacy amongst the wingers not just on this team, but in the NHL as well. He collects four points on the night with one goal and three assists. You may hate Marchand, but if he was on your team, you would love him. That’s why he is one of the favorites here in Boston. He has warranted himself some consideration for the Hart Trophy, right? You knew he had to help out Jeremy Swayman get his first win.
Jeremy Swayman Comes Up Huge
It is not easy to make your first start in the NHL as the fourth string goalie. It especially isn’t easy when a team puts up 42 shots on you. Jeremy Swayman was caught off guard yesterday when he was an emergency call-up to back-up Dan Vladar in last night’s game. The team felt he was ready to take on the task of his first NHL game and he was more than ready.
When the team wasn’t playing well in front of him, Jeremy Swayman bailed them out. He made 23 saves on 25 shots in the second period alone. Altogether, he stopped 40 shots on 42 attempts and collects his first career NHL win. He joins Dan Vladar this season in terms of Bruins rookies to win their first career NHL start. He looked more confident as the game went on.
Jeremy Swayman – 36 saves through two periods of play. pic.twitter.com/KUqdDx2uCV
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) April 7, 2021
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