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Ullmark Leaves After First Period, Swayman Struggles Vs Senators

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The injury bug just keeps clawing into the Boston Bruins. Bruins rookie goalie Jeremy Swayman had to take over for Linus Ullmark after the first period with the Boston Bruins leading 2-0 over the Ottawa Senators.

Linus Ullmark took an Erik Brannstrom shot to the head early in the first period, appeared to be shook up, spoke to a Bruins trainer after getting bumped in a net front fracas, but stayed in the game. Ullmark would go on to make six more saves and stop all eight shots he faced in the opening frame.

Swayman, who has struggled recently and lost three of his last four starts, didn’t fare much better when forced into action. The Boston Bruins rookie netminder immediately allowed a goal when Senators captain Brady Tkachuk lit the lamp for his 27th goal of the season tying the game at one. Mike Reilly and Patrice Bergeron then got whistled off for two minor penalties at 8:39 and 8:46 respectively and the Senators pounced again. Senators forwards Josh Norris and Tim Stützle scored powerplay goals 57 seconds apart and the Boston Bruins found themselves down 3-2 headed to the third period.

The goalie switch seemed to really change the momentum. Ullmark had been on and in the zone in the first period even after his injury.

The 6-foot-4, 212-pound Ullmark had won three of his last four games and came into this game with a 23-10-2 record, 2.59 GAA and .912 save percentage.
Swayman, as mentioned above has struggled as of late losing his last two games and three of his last five. Prior to Thursday, the Boston Bruins rookie goalie was 20-11-3 with a 2.34 GAA and .916 save-percentage.
As the third period between the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators was set to begin, there was no word on whether goalie Linus Ullmark would return to the game or exactly what his injury was.

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Comrie

Blow a 2 goal lead. Give up two short handed goals. Can’t score on any of their power plays (can one player make that big of a difference?). Lose to a non playoff team. They face the Penguins twice, Rangers, Panthers, Blues, Maple Leafs over the next 2 weeks. Doesn’t look good. Luckily they have a big lead over the Isles and BlueJackets. Should get at least a win over the Sabres and Canadiens. Should have had a win over the Senators.

Rick W Murray

I’m beginning to think Cassidy has lost command of this ship. This may be the worst power play since that dreadful bruins team of the early 2000. Bruins are toast. No more resting players get these spoiled brats back on the ice, enough rest for Pasta, Lindholm, get a goalie that stop the puck Swayman ain’t it. He stinks!

Chuck Rose

Swayman has had a decent season up to the last few starts. He is a rookie goalie not superman. He’s got to stop giving up rebounds back into the slot. His positioning has been off in the last 5 or 6 starts also, and his record and stats over those game reflect that. Goalie Bob needs to do some serious work on the kid.

Chuck Rose

Unfortunately, Swayman is falling apart for the last stretch. He is giving up too many rebounds and worse still, alot of those rebounds are right back into the slot. On the flip side, Ullmark was doing great in the first period despite dealing with the injury. Much respect for Linus!

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