June 25, 2024

Goalie Jeremy Swayman bounces back as Boston ends slump

After allowing five goals in his previous game, Jeremy Swayman helped Boston end a four-game skid with a 4-1 win over the Sabres.

The Bruins are 20-7-6 this season, and both Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark have played a big part in their success.

“I thought Jake was our best forward (Wednesday),” Montgomery told reporters in Buffalo. “His habits. I thought his speed was noticeable in checking, hanging on to pucks, making real good decisions. It makes a big difference when he’s the player we know he can be.”

In the Bruins’ loss to the Wild on Dec. 19, DeBrusk fired a shot wide and Minnesota cashed in on the miscue to earn the overtime win. Montgomery was critical of DeBrusk, saying he didn’t like the shot selection. The following day, Montgomery said DeBrusk still had a “good game,” and could sense the forward’s frustration.

“He had opportunities, literally the 3-on-3 shift before he took a shot from a real good area, and he sailed it just over the crossbar,” Montgomery told reporters Dec. 20. “I could sense his frustration. But, I thought he had a really good game. His speed was very noticeable. He had the other team on their heels. And he was creating opportunities – not only for himself but for his linemates.”

While DeBrusk’s numbers certainly don’t jump off the page this season, his 200-foot game is still strong, he’s been crucial on the penalty kill and, as Montgomery noted, creating scoring chances for his teammates. That was on full display Wednesday when he had a slick feed to a wide-open, net-front Coyle on the power play.

“Any time you win, it helps,” DeBrusk told reporters. “I think that means there’s a lot of things we’re doing right. As a group, obviously, we didn’t like how it ended going into the break. We had a couple days to reset. Good effort (Wednesday), with good goaltending from (Jeremy Swayman), and just rolled with it.”

DeBrusk played 16:19 and had three shots on net. His lack of goals certainly isn’t from lack of effort. But if he can find his groove, it would give DeBrusk and the Bruins a big boost.

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