Bruins Head Coach Addresses Starting Goalie Question For Game 7

The hottest topic in Beantown this weekend is what—and WHO—to expect between the pipes for Game 7 Sunday night. Presumptive Vezina Trophy winner Linus Ullmark has been, shall we say, off his game in this series, and the calls for backup Jeremy Swayman are growing louder. 

Swayman, who started 33 games in the regular season, and went 24-6-4 with a 2.27 GAA and a .920 save percentage, has only seen three minutes of action in this series through the first six games—and that was only because Ullmark got tossed near the end of Game 4. 

In the first round, Ullmark, who went 40-6-1 with a 1.89 GAA and .938 SV% during the season, has gone 3-3- with a 3.33 GAA and .896 SV%.

Head coach Jim Montgomery has hinted at a possible switch, but when asked about which way he'll go, he remains secretive. But IF he were to go with Swayman—IF, he was asked—what would his reasoning be? 

“Linus didn’t make enough stops; that would be the reason to make a switch,” Montgomery replied bluntly. “Plain and simple.”

But for now, he's not revealing his plans.

“No, we’re going to meet tomorrow morning and we’ll finalize all that.”

So the Boston faithful—and the entire Bruins' roster—will have to sleep on it, not knowing who the starting netminder will be for Game 7. 

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