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Boston Bruins Call Up Kinkaid In Wake Of Swayman Injury

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The Boston Bruins were hopeful that the injury to Boston Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman wasn’t that serious when he was able to walk with a bag of ice wrapped around his left knee following Tuesday’s win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

But they’ll need to make moves just in case with P-Bruins goaltender Keith Kinkaid getting called up to the Boston Bruins on an emergency basis ahead of Thursday night’s game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Bruins are only able to call up a player on an emergency basis if there’s an injury or illness, so the suspicion is that whatever knee injury that Swayman suffered may keep him out of the lineup at least temporarily.

The injury occurred in the third period of Tuesday night’s 6-5 overtime win over the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena when Patrice Bergeron crashed into Swayman whole he was in a vulnerable spot, and the Bruins goalie’s left knee hyper-extended into the post after the impact.

Swayman’s Boston Bruins teammates were hopeful it wouldn’t be a serious injury even as there was no real update on his condition following Tuesday’s game.

“He’s from Alaska,” said Ullmark of his goalie partner. “I’m not too worried. Guy is as tough as nails.”

The 33-year-old Kinkaid has a 2-1-1 record with a .922 save percentage and 2.70 goals against average for the P-Bruins thus far this season and has 167 games of NHL experience for the New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers over the course of his hockey career. He also made news in Boston Bruins training camp with a Happy Gilmore paint job on his B’s mask, so that’s something to look forward to when he meets up with the big club in New York ahead of road games vs. the Rangers and Maple Leafs later on this week.

Ullmark, of course, improved to 7-0-0 on the season after entering the game to replace Swayman, who had replaced him in the second period, and helping the Boston Bruins come back for an overtime victory. He also engaged with Nick Foligno this time for the traditional goalie hug with Swayman missing from the ice after his collision in the crease.

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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Rick W Murray

Kincaid that’s the Backup to Ullmark?! ohh ohhhhh!

Ernest King

AND we’re lucky to have him..KinKaid has nhl experience and he’s our #3 goaltender, well him or young Keyser..Hopefully Swayman isnt out too long as well as Forbort who’s been one if not our best dman so far this season..KinKaid mightn’t even have to play a game if Ully plays tonight and Saturday against the Leafs..Hopefully Swayman will be back soon..Forbort has a broken finger so unsure how long he’s out..Any idea Rick??

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