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Svedberg sent back to the minors after winning NHL debut for Bruins

Jan 3, 2014, 1:00 AM EDT

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Niklas Svedberg is back on his way to the American Hockey League, but only after a victory in his National Hockey League debut in goal for the Boston Bruins.

Svedberg made 33 saves on 35 shots, helping the Bruins defeat the Nashville Predators 3-2 in overtime. Brad Marchand scored the winner in the extra period.

No sooner had the 24-year-old Svedberg earned the career-milestone win, he was then officially sent back to Providence in the AHL, as per the Bruins in a statement released by the club.

“We’re comfortable [with him],” said Bruins’ head coach Claude Julien, as per “I didn’t see him being much different from the first until the third, but I thought in the second – when they did throw a lot of pucks at him – he stood tall and made some good saves.

“I liked his game tonight, he was good and he just showed us that he’s a guy we need to look at and keep an eye on. He’s going to head back to Providence [on Friday], but there’s a good chance you’re going to see him here again very soon.”

  1. muckleflugga - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    thanks for the distinction claude…

    good saves as opposed to bad saves…?

    • pastabelly - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:44 AM

      Some saves are easier than others. Get it?

      Svedberg was decent and a bit lucky (left some rebounds out there and was bailed out by some missed open shots and defense saves). He’s more talented than Johnson and can handle the backup role. If they believe he is still developing, then he’s better off in Providence.

  2. ash0war - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Y did he come up anyway?

    • spitfisher - Jan 3, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      Probably for 2 reasons

      1) to see what they have as far as a trade goes, I wonder if he could be packaged for a decent veteran defenseman……here is why, Sides is done for the year , Krug love him, but he is disappearing right now, Dougie needs to step up and play with some grit, he’s being pushed around like a fourth grader and is not using his size, needs to toughen up quickly.

      2) its a strong likelihood that Rask will be playing non stop during the Olympics, so they need to find some time to rest him in the regular season, he’s on track for 65 games. Most will run out of gas in the play offs at that pace

      Could be a combination of both, remember we shot our load on a #1 pick on Suban for goalie, need to get him up an running for a back up with some starts position for 2015/16 with Big Bs

      • pastabelly - Jan 3, 2014 at 8:50 AM

        I agree with you on Rask and the Olympics. He is coming off a year in which he played a lot all of the way into the Cup Finals and Pekka Rinne cannot share the Olympic load with Tuukka either. Tuukka will get burned out if he’s playing all of the time.

        As far as trading Svedberg goes, I agree that it seems a likely scenario now. They now have the cap room with Seidenberg gone to take on a defenseman in his final year or two from a team that would be willing to dump some salary. Hamilton is developing well, but he’s not ready for playoff hockey in any way that Seidenberg was able to handle.

  3. drewsylvania - Jan 3, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Claude was just being diplomatic. Apart from a couple great saves Svedberg was terrible. No rebound control, two soft goals, giveaways, made routine saves difficult, lack of puck awareness. Probably just jitters, but still a bad night.

    • dropthepuckeh - Jan 3, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      Really? He looked pretty solid to me but I was at the game and without replays etc. The second goal wasn’t soft and not much he could do about it. I thought he played good game.

    • shawnthehockeykid - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      Soft goals are you retarded? Anytime someone doesn’t pick up their defensive assignment it isn’t a soft goal. Both were the case. Weber would’ve shot it through him (a joke but he would’ve score with Tuukka) and Krug was too focused on the puck on the first one and didn’t cover the slot. Maybe you want a little bit more RBC, but it is what it is. He was pretty calm in net too. The speed was a little faster than what he is used to, but over time that goes away. He played the puck very well and Bart and Kruger were joking on the bench that he never played the puck like he did last night.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        I call taking a zero-angle shot, and putting the rebound directly into the slot, soft.

        I call being set for a shot with no traffic around you or in front of the shot, and having the puck hit you, only to slide through you into the net, soft.

        Why is this hard?

    • drewsylvania - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      I love PHT. People who either didn’t see the game or don’t know how to watch it think they know everything.

      • montrealbbr - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        I love reading comments by Boston fans that show they know nothing about hockey. Stick to what you know like cheapshots and dirty plays!

      • drewsylvania - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:06 PM

        Now PHT gets to have cognitive dissonance over how wrong they think I am versus how dumb montrealbbr is.

      • bsfan77 - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        Here we go with the tool fans from Montreal talking about dirty plays. I am sure the next thing montrealbbr will bring up is the Chara hit. Marchand is dirty at times but the game winning goal made Fisher look like a bantam player. I forgot that Hab fans know everything. Dont get upset with Boston fans because of your boy’s lack of performance in the playoffs. If you had Julien still you might go somewhere!

      • bsfan77 - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        Too bad a great player like Subban has to play for a mediocre team at best. He deserves better.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        Meh. Subban deserves to toil for a dumb team.

  4. amityvillefun - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    The real story was Marchand’s filthy move on Mike Fisher!

    Nice win for the B’s and a great play and shot by Marchand! He made Fisher into the goat bigtime!

    • bsfan77 - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      I agree! Through the legs and around him like he was a road cone. Sweet move from Marchy!

  5. nostredummass - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    If there’s ONE thing I don’t like about the Bruins…it’s that management takes FOREVER to admit they made a mistake. You saw it with Seguin…who openly declared every game he wasn’t going to compete like a Bruin. And now it’s Chad “Wraparound” Johnson. Seriously…who is this guy? Why does he get priority over Svedberg…a Bruin in the system for over a year? A Bruin who won best goalie in the AHL last year? Did he secretly marry Seabass’ illegitimate offspring or something?
    If Johnson had come in his last appearance and shut Ottawa down…saved the day and swept the Senators….GREAT! But he’s yet to show he can shut ANYONE down.
    You know how people wonder if Rask (or Thomas before him) are REALLY that good or is the Bruins system geared towards producing great goalie stats? I’ll bet Chad Johnson settles that question before the end of the season. He’s a low-cost mediocre goalie. Why isn’t Svedberg being given a chance to prove he’s more? Stubborn, stubborn and pigheaded STUBBORN.

    • bekay19 - Jan 3, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      I am guessing you are a bitter/jealous habs fan. because the system that boston is using seems to be working my friend.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      It’s a valid question, though–why did Svedberg get sent down? If he was so good last night, and Johnson has wraparound problems…perhaps he wasn’t as good as you are all saying?

      • bekay19 - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        I would say it has to do with the fact that this is his 2nd year playing North American hockey, he will get much more playing time in the AHL and Chad Johnson has not been horrible he is 6-3.

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