The Bruins will give Jeremy Swayman his third straight start in Game 5 after the tonight series with the Hurricanes


Swayman’s coolness was one of his best assets in his first full NHL season. No moment was too big – from the start of the regular season opener to descending into AHL Providence when the Bruins are the mainstay Tuukka Rask attempted a return mid-season, to share duties with the veteran Linus Ullmark once Swayman returned in January.

But it will only be the second time the 23-year-old has made three consecutive starts. The other was in April.

Cassidy said he was confident Swayman could handle it.

“I’m not that worried for three games,” Cassidy said. “I would be more worried if it was seven in a row, something like that. There’s a bit of that momentum that you just carried, gives us a certain energy at this time of year that might not be in January, February.

“So right now he doesn’t look tired in there. He certainly had to work, but not to the extent that it should affect his overall game.

The Bruins were expecting a long streak against the Hurricanes. Part of the plan was to watch both Swayman and Ullmark — both playing in the playoffs for the first time — as the series played out.

goalkeeper coach Bob Essensa will have the most watchful eye on Swayman to make sure the workload doesn’t wear him down.

“We just have to make sure we have our pulse on what’s going on,” Cassidy said. “Goalkeeper Bob, I think he will be able to tell technically before all of us. “OK, he’s not recovering as fast, not getting back to his feet as fast, his pushing isn’t as strong.” And then he’ll let me know and we’ll have to make a decision. But for now, I think he’s fine.

McAvoy out, but Lindholm in the air

Hampus Lindholm skated with the team during Monday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena, but his availability for Tuesday’s Game 5 at Raleigh won’t be determined until game time.

Lindholm suffered an upper body injury in Game 2 after a brutal blow from Andrei Svechnikov. He missed the last two games.

“I’ll get an update on him from the medical team,” Cassidy said. “So I’m not going to rule it out, but I’m not putting it on either at the moment. I need to hear from the doctors that he’s cleared. I don’t need to see anything. If he’s cleared, he’s in. If he’s not, we’ll list him as likely for the next game, but the fact that he’s skating is still a positive.

Charlie McAvoy remains in COVID protocol after testing positive on Sunday morning. Since Jan. 31, the NHL has required players entering the protocol to self-isolate for five days.

“The doctors will let me know when he’s off protocol,” Cassidy said. “I don’t know how it gets out of protocol. I just know they’ll let me know when it comes out. I spoke to him yesterday. He feels better. So that’s a positive point. When it will be available again… I don’t have an answer today to that.

Cool Merchant

Brad Merchant minimized any brewing tension with Carolina Tony DeAngeloand Cassidy didn’t seem too concerned either.

Marchand was suspended twice during the regular season and fined $5,000 in that first-round series for slashing the goaltender Antti Raanta in Game 2, but Cassidy said he doesn’t think Marchand is getting closer to dangerous territory.

“I think he did well,” Cassidy said. “I didn’t see him lose his temper [Sunday] at all. Usually when it starts to get closer, that’s when it’s told.

DeAngelo, for his part, seemed to get carried away after having a verbal exchange with Marchand at the end of the first period. He went to the penalty box for cross-checking Curtis Lazar and threw his stick to try and stop Marchand from scoring an empty net with 35 seconds left in the Bruins’ 5-2 win.

Cassidy said that sometimes Marchand senses when an opponent is out of control of their emotions.

“He’s been through that a few times as well,” Cassidy said. “So he may have taken advantage of a situation [where] he knows how a certain guy can feel in opposition. Maybe that’s a bit. »

Marchand is 3-6-9 in the first four games of the series.

“This time of year he plays a lot of confidence, especially when things are going well,” Cassidy said.

Julian Benbow can be reached at [email protected]


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