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Svedberg Solid Between the Pipes in Preseason Debut

Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 9:13 AM ET
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog
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Svedberg Solid Between the Pipes in Preseason Debut

BostonBruins.com - Tuesday night's preseason game in Baltimore resulted in a 3-2 shootout win over the Washington Capitals for the Black & Gold.

Tuukka Rask and Niklas Svedberg split the time between the pipes, each only allowing a goal.

In Svedberg's spoked-B debut (no preseason action due to the lockout prior to his first pro season with Providence in 2012-13), albeit in exhibition, he stopped 12 of 13 shots in the second half of regulation and into the five-minute 4-on-4 overtime. He followed that up wit six saves in the shootout, as Carter Camper got the B's the win in the eighth round.

Svedberg stoned Alex Ovechkin in close near the end of overtime, settling down the Caps fans who grew louder as 'Ovi' raced up ice.

Last season's AHL Goalie of the Year looked poised between the pipes, tracking the puck through traffic - like with a left kick save on a power-play drive from Mike Green in the high slot halfway through the third period - and standing tall in the shootout.

He also made a stop on a Nathan Walker penalty shot late in the second, after the Caps forward had been thrown into the back of his net with the puck.

"It was good, he was solid. He made some good saves," said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien, of the effort.

The lone goal that Svedberg let through came off a laser from Casey Wellman with 1:11 to play in the second. Justin Florek followed it up just 27 seconds later to make it 2-1, before Chris Kelly tied the game, eventually sending in to the shootout.

"I think he got surprised as anyone else on that goal [by Wellman], that guy just turned around and shot it quickly, it was a quick release and I don’t know if he was screened, couldn’t see from the bench but it was a real good shot," added Julien.

"And yet he stood up and shined through the shootout."

"So, he was really good tonight, I liked his outing."

Julien recently said during training camp that he's comfortable with the competition for the back-up role behind Rask, with Svedberg, Chad Johnson and even Malcolm Subban in the mix at camp.

"I think if he’s ready, he’s ready," said Coach Julien, of Svedberg making the jump to the NHL level. "It’s as simple as that."

"If we feel he’s ready to be a backup, here we’ll make him a backup here and there’s some guys you could send down for conditioning when it comes to goaltenders and you can work that out so, not an issue."

"I think if he earns a job, I have no issues with him being here even if he’s got one year in American League. He’s had a great year last year and if we feel he’s ready, then he'll make that jump."

Watch the full shootout below…

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