Boston Bruins

For the fifth time in their last six games, the Bruins were unable to escape the night without a new injury.

This time around, the injury came in net, with Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark lifted from action after just one period of action in a 3-2 loss to the Senators at TD Garden.

Spotted a 2-0 lead in the opening frame with goals from Marc McLaughlin and Jesper Froden, Ullmark also found himself under siege with eight (high-quality) shots from the Senators, including one that hit him in the head. After getting the attention of the officials, Ullmark talked with the trainers, but ultimately stayed in the game to finish out the period, and seemed to be in the clear as the sides made their way back to the room for the first intermission.

But it was Jeremy Swayman who led the Bruins out for the second period, as Ullmark stayed behind in the locker room and did not return to the ice (or bench for that matter) at any point throughout the night.

“[Ullmark] got hit in the head with a shot early and didn’t feel well after the first,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said when asked about Ullmark’s status. “We’ll have to see how Linus is tomorrow [to] see if it’s a long-term thing.”

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And a cold Swayman was not what the doctor ordered in the middle frame, as he allowed a Brady Tkachuk goal on his first shot faced, and three goals on 15 shots in all in the second period.

The parade of penalties did little to help the 23-year-old Swayman, either, with the Black and Gold whistled for four penalties in the second period and the game-tying and go-ahead goal coming with the Senators up a man.

Swayman certainly ‘made up’ for the slow start off the bench in the third period, however, with a pair of breakaway stops to give the Bruins within striking distance. But Boston’s continued power-play struggles in a night that saw the man advantage post yet another donut (0-for-5 Thursday, and empty on their last 23 power-play opportunities) doomed ’em more than anything else.

“We put [Swayman] in a bad spot early there with all the penalties,” Cassidy admitted. “He certainly found his game as the game went on, and gave us a chance to win.”

With the loss, the Bruins have now dropped three straight in regulation for the first time since Dec. 2019, and are now in the midst of their first three-game slide of any sort since an 0-1-2 run from Dec. 31, 2019 through Jan. 4, 2020.

If Ullmark’s absence extends beyond Thursday, veteran journeyman Troy Grosenick will be the likely recall from Providence. Grosenick, who has some slight NHL experience from his time with Los Angeles and San Jose, has posted a 16-5-4 record and .931 save percentage in 28 games with Providence this season.

The Bruins will return to action Saturday afternoon against the Penguins.

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Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. He has been covering the Bruins since 2010, and has been a member of the Boston chapter of the PHWA since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.