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Montgomery doesn’t want to commit to Swayman for Game 2

Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery remained cagey about his starting goalie situation after Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman got the start in Game 1 and made 35 saves in a 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night at TD Garden.

“I’ve looked so far ahead,” Montgomery initially responded late Saturday night at his post-game press conference. “I don’t know who our defenders are going to be and who our goalkeepers are going to be, and I’m not going to tell you.”

However, when pressed by Boston Globe reporter Tara Sullivan, the Bruins bench boss and reigning Jack Adams Award winner acknowledged that it might be difficult to shake off Swayman after Game 1.

“It’s going to be hard to get away from ‘Sway,’” Montgomery said of his 25-year-old netminder. “He played a great game. “But if we decide to go with Ullmark, we feel comfortable with that, and our team feels comfortable with it too. It doesn’t affect us in the room, whoever starts the next game.”

Jeremy Swayman had never started Game 1 of a Stanley Cup Playoffs series, and Montgomery acknowledged that gave him the nod over Linus Ullmark, despite the reigning Vezina Trophy winner being on the verge and considering he was nearly traded at the NHL of March 8. Trade deadline.

“Swayman hasn’t had the opportunity to start a series before,” Montgomery explained. “We wanted to give him the opportunity to start a series and see how he would handle it. He did really well.”

Heading into Game 1 of this series with the Leafs, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound goaltender the Bruins drafted in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft had gone 3-4-0 in seven play-offs. begins.

Swayman finished the 2023-2024 season going 25-10-8 with a 2.53 GAA and a .916 save percentage.

Linus Ullmark was 22-10-7 with a GAA of 2.57 and a save percentage of .915.