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Boston Bruins Swayman Earns NHL Rookie Honors

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Capping off a month where Boston Bruins rookie netminder Jeremy Swayman has seemingly seized the No. 1 gig between the pipes, the 22-year-old goaltender was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for the month of February. Swayman went 5-1-1 with a 1.13 goals against average and .960 save percentage in seven appearances over the last month and has been lights out for the Black and Gold since Tuukka Rask stepped into retirement at the end of January.

He did it by making insane saves like this.

Swayman capped it all off with a 34-save shutout of the Los Angeles Kings in a 7-0 blowout win for the Boston Bruins on Monday night and finished February with a pair of shutouts to go along with some impressive puck-stopping. Just a few days ago, Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy admitted that Swayman has really taken a step forward in claiming the No. 1 spot in his tandem with Linus Ullmark based on the way he’s been playing down the stretch.

“He’s probably a little ahead right now. We don’t want to declare anything,” said Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy ahead of last Saturday’s win over the Sharks. “That’s the next phase for him. Can he handle the majority of the starts as a young guy? It might play out that way for him if he continues to play the way he has.”

The Anchorage, Alaska native has played in 24 games this season, posting a 13-7-3 record for the Black and Gold. Swayman’s 1.95 goals against average is tied for tops in the league right now, while his .929 save percentage is tied for fourth in the league (minimum six starts). His three shutouts on the season rank sixth across the league ad Swayman continues to rise up the charts in all statistical categories for goaltender.

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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