Swayman turned aside 30 of 32 shots in a 2-1 loss to Washington on Tuesday. Swayman got tagged with the loss when Washington's Michael Raffl beat him from a difficult angle with two seconds left in the third period. The rookie was sharp otherwise, continuing a stellar run that began with his early April call-up. Boston coach Bruce Cassidy indicated that Swayman, and not veteran Jaroslav Halak, will back up Tuukka Rask when Boston opens the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Swayman is 7-3-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .945 save percentage.
Swayman is expected to start Tuesday's game against the Capitals, coach Bruce Cassidy announced Sunday, Eric Russo of NHL.com reports. Tuukka Rask will get the nod for Boston's penultimate game Monday against the Islanders before Swayman takes Tuesday's season finale against Washington. Cassidy added that he's yet to decide whether Swayman or Jaroslav Halak will back up Rask in the postseason, but the rookie seems to have the upper hand in that race. Halak hasn't won a game since April 3, making just two appearances since then, while Swayman has started his career with a 7-2-0 record, 1.44 GAA and .946 save percentage.
Swayman was promoted to the active roster Saturday, per CapFriendly. Swayman backed up Tuukka Rask for Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Rangers, but the former didn't play in the contest. The Bruins have a back-to-back versus the Islanders on Monday and in Washington on Tuesday, so Swayman may get one more start in the regular season.
Swayman was reassigned to the taxi squad Friday, according to CapFriendly. Swayman has been outstanding to start his NHL career, going 7-2-0 with a 1.44 GAA and a .946 save percentage. He'll likely be recalled before the end of the season and see another start. The 22-year-old likely won't begin the playoffs as the starter but he'll have a chance to jump in if Tuukka Rask shows any signs of struggling.
Swayman set aside all 15 shots he faced in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Rangers. The stifling Boston defense made life easy for Swayman against a depleted Rangers team, but the rookie deserves credit for staying focused and setting aside the few shots he faced. It's been a dream start to his NHL career for Swayman, who improved to 7-2-0 with a 1.44 GAA and .946 save percentage. Tuukka Rask has earned the right to go into the postseason as Boston's No. 1 goalie, but any minor wobble from Rask could open the door for Swayman to step into the spotlight.
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