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Bruins’ Jeremy Swayman or Linus Ullmark in net for Game 1? ‘We’re confident in both’


BEDFORD, Mass. — Jeremy Swayman has completed 25 percent of his dash toward the Conn Smythe Trophy.

The Boston Bruins goalie was his team’s best player in the Round 1 elimination of the Toronto Maple Leafs. In six of seven starts, Swayman posted a .950 save percentage, best among goalies who are still playing.

“He’s been our rock all series,” Charlie McAvoy said after the 2-1 overtime win in Game 7 at TD Garden. “He’s been awesome. We just haven’t gotten him run support. If we played better in front of him, maybe it doesn’t go seven. But he’s been awesome. He’s been unbelievable all seven games.”

None of this, however, guarantees Swayman gets a sixth straight start on Monday against the Florida Panthers.

As good as Swayman was against the Leafs, the 25-year-old is human. As such, he is subject to physical wear and tear as well as mental fatigue. 

Linus Ullmark, meanwhile, is at the ready.

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