The Bruins were awaiting tests before declaring the severity of Swayman’s injury. As of the close of business Tuesday, it looked highly unlikely that Swayman could start Thursday in Manhattan against the Rangers.
It would be at Ullmark, which had had a good night. After posting a shutout Friday at Columbus, he was ripped off Tuesday after allowing five goals on 24 shots, then returned after Swayman’s injury and stopped the last nine shots he saw.
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“The hockey of hockey,” Ullmark said. “It’s a very humiliating league. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this kind of situation develop the way it did. I thought Sway did a great job there. In the end, we won. »
His level of concern for his injured drum mate was low.
“He’s from Alaska,” Ullmark said. “I’m not too worried. Guy is tough as nails.
Lauko marks his first
This counted for Jakub Lauko.
Lauko had his so-called first career goal recalled against the Coyotes last month, after a goaltender interference call on Nick Foligno.
On Tuesday, the Czech rookie took a nice pass from Foligno, who had hit a Penguins forecheck, rolled on the right wing and threaded the needle on Lauko at 1:20 of the first period.
“My first look was at the referee,” Lauko said. “When he said it was OK, there was a little hesitation to challenge it.”
Midway through the celebration, Foligno raced to the corner to grab the puck for his 22-year-old teammate.
“You better,” joked Lauko. “He took the first goal from me, against Arizona. No no no. He’s really a good guy. I call him Uncle Nick. He takes care of advising me, same with Nosy [Tomas Nosek].
This puck, Lauko said, will go to a special friend.
Two years ago, he made a promise to his 20-year-old teammate and friend, Ondrej Buchtelawho was dying of a rare form of cancer.
Buchtela, a defender for Piráti Chomutov in the Czech Extraliga, died of heart cancer on July 24, 2020.
Lauko admitted that his own parents would be disappointed not to have the memory, but he promised to give the puck to Buchtela’s mother.
“When I found out I was going to play in the NHL, she was the first one I actually called,” Lauko said. “It’s emotional for me.”
Merchant don’t look back
Tuesday was the first meeting of Brad Merchant and Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry since the fight last season that earned Marchand a six-game suspension, the longest of his 14-year career.
On Feb. 8 at TD Garden, Marchand blew his stack when Jarry taunted him in the final moments of a 4-2 loss.
After Jarry stole it during a run in front of the net, Marchand reacted to Jarry’s words by delivering a gloved shot to the goalie’s head and, while restrained by an official, slipped off the mask of the goalkeeper with his stick.
During a hearing with the commissioner of the NHL Gary BettmanMarchand testified that Jarry said, “What do you say to that? [expletive] to register?” Bettman upheld the six-game ban, believing Marchand’s track record was too long to allow for such nonsense.
Marchand is considered the most suspended player in NHL history, with eight suspensions totaling 28 games lost and five fines. He lost more than $1.4 million in salary.
His most recent suspension was far from his mind on Tuesday morning.
“It was a reaction to a situation,” Marchand said. “I don’t think about him or the situation. It’s like that. I received an extremely heavy punishment for a very soft blow. If anything, he got the last laugh.
Marchand is always in the spotlight, but ESPN has taken it to a new level with its “Star Watch” camera following him and Sidney Crosby around the entire game. Before the puck drop, Marchand didn’t know he would be in ESPN’s sights.
“Oh, I didn’t know that,” he said. “There are cameras in every game. It doesn’t change anything. Maybe I need to make sure I play clean tonight. Don’t hide tonight.
Ullmark makes a fresh start
Ullmark, who got his seventh start in 10 games, earned his league-high seventh win of the season. . . David Krejci participated in morning practice, but missed his second game in a row with an upper body injury. Krejci was hit by Detroit Michael Rasmussen Thursday . . . Craig Smith is dealing with an upper-body injury, Montgomery said, and is being considered day-to-day. He did not participate in morning training. Lauko drew on the fourth line, AJ Greer ride to ride with Charlie Coyle (center) and Thirty Frederick (left wing). . . The Penguins were without Letang, their No. 1 defenseman, who was ill.
Stralman gets the green light again
Anton Stralman received the call Jakub Zboril and Mike Reilly for the second game in a row. From this group of third-pair defensemen, Montgomery wants to see “managing the game, being able to finish plays, especially defensively, and being able to help our game transition.” . . . Connor Clifton and Forbort have become a solid second pair of defense for the Bruins, even though they’re better ranked as third (and will likely slip into use once Charlie McAvoy Return). This will make it harder for Zboril, Reilly and Stralman to see the minutes. “You take [Clifton’s] physical, plus the fact that he’s moving pucks so well right now, it’s hard to even think of him outside of our lineup,” Montgomery said. Forbort, he added, “has been unreal. Since day one of camp, he’s probably been our most consistent and best defender day in and day out.
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