The Bruins forced Jeremy Swayman, making his NHL debut after just nine games with the P-Bruins, to weather a second-period storm unlike any other this season.
But when Swayman stood tall with a 23-of-25 second-period performance, the Bruins made sure to reward Swayman with a Brad Marchand go-ahead shorthanded goal in the third period on the way to a 4-2 win.
Deadlocked in a 2-2 tie in the third period, and down a man, Jeremy Lauzon grabbed the puck in the Boston zone and seized some open ice through the neutral zone and into the attacking zone for a feed to Marchand to tuck through Carter Hart for the 29th shorthanded goal of his NHL career.
Brad Marchand with the shorthanded tally.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) April 7, 2021
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The goal moved Marchand out of a three-way tie with Bobby Orr and Ed Westfall and into sole possession for first place on the franchise’s all-time shorthanded points list, with 48.
It also moved Marchand into a four-way tie with Jeremy Roenick, Dave Keon, and Butch Goring for the 28th-most shorthanded points in NHL history, and into a six-way tie for 23rd-most shorthanded goals in NHL history.
And while Marchand’s goal held as the game-winning tally, the other three came from Patrice Bergeron, who opened Boston’s scoring, scored another on the power play, and then closed things out with an empty-net dagger.
But the play of the 22-year-old certainly stole headlines in this one byway of a 40-save performance.
It meant beyond the gaudy second-period total, too, with a tremendous stop off a Joel Farabee deflection with the Flyers up a man in the first period, along with a perfect 4-for-4 line in a perfectly executed shutdown third period from the Bruins.
“He’s pretty relaxed,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said of Swayman’s demeanor while things went haywire in the middle frame. “Competitive guy, obviously. From what I’ve been told, he was used to some of those nights at Maine, but that’s atypical of our team. He deserved it. He deserved much better support than we gave him.
“Certainly earned it. Good for Sway.”
The Bruins were forced to play this one without Charlie McAvoy due to an apparent upper-body injury. It was a considerably late scratch for McAvoy, too, with the Norris contender ruled out of play about half an hour before puck drop. The Bruins did not have an update on McAvoy after Tuesday’s victory.
With McAvoy out, Steve Kampfer remained in action while Kevan Miller moved up to Boston’s top pairing. In what was his first game back from a 20-game absence, Miller finished with a heavy 22:25 of time on ice.
Chris Wagner also returned to the B’s lineup, and finished with four hits in 10:34 of action.
The win also improved the Bruins to 6-0-1 against the Flyers this season.
The Bruins will now make their way to Washington for a Thursday night meeting with the Capitals.