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Swayman Impressive In NHL Debut With Bruins [VIDEO]

Former UMaine Black Bear Turns Heads

A year ago Jeremy Swayman one of the best goalies in college hockey, stopping pucks at Alfond Arena for the UMaine Black Bears.

Tuesday night Jeremy Swayman was stopping pucks for the Boston Bruins and earning a win in his NHL debut, a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Alaska native saw 42 shots and that’s the most for a Bruins rookie making his debut has seen since 1965 (Bernie Parent).

“What an incredible experience. To get a win here in Philly means everything, being the first one,” said Swayman, who was named the game’s second star. “My mentality throughout the game was don’t get too high, don’t get too low. I learned that from [assistant coach] Alife Michaud back [at the University of] Maine. That’s gonna stick with me for a long time. One shot at a time.”

It has been a meteoric rise for the 22-year-old Swayman. Last year he was a Hobey Baker Finalist in the college ranks. He gave up his senior year to turn pro with the Bruins. Swayman went 8-1 with a 1.8 GAA with the Providence Bruins of the AHL before getting called up by the B’s this week.

Tuukka Rask is out with an injury and backup Jaroslav Halak is out with covid protocols. That means Swayman and fellow Providence B’s teammate Dan Vladar will be asked to hold down the fort as the Bruins make a playoff push.

Patrice Bergeron had a hat trick and earned his 900th point in his NHL career. Bergy becomes just the fourth Bruins player to reach 900 points.

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