Kenny Agostino

Szwarz next in line of Bruins' call-ups amid injuries


Szwarz next in line of Bruins' call-ups amid injuries

BRIGHTON, Mass – With Kenny Agostino sent down after a five-game stint with the Bruins, the B’s will get a look at another one of their more experienced Providence forwards with the call-up of Jordan Szwarz.


Szwarz, 26, leads the P-Bruins with five goals. He's totaled eight points and a plus-7 in six games with Providence after busting out with 22 goals and 54 points last season. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Burlington, Ontario native has appeared in 35 career NHL games with the Arizona Coyotes, totaling four goals and 21 penalty minutes, and, perhaps more important, provides the B’s with a right-shot forward that can play center or right wing in David Backes’ absence.

“We’re running out of right shots,” admitted coach Bruce Cassidy. “He can play both center and right wing, and that’s where we’ll plug him in...where David [Backes] played essentially. He’s played well [in Providence] and he’s had some good chemistry with [Danton] Heinen at the American League level, so we may revisit that a little bit. We brought him in for depth reasons, and this is a good opportunity for him.”

Swarz is looking forward to another NHL opportunity.

“This is a very good opportunity and I want to make the most of it,” said Szwarz, who signed a two-way deal with the Bruins this season after playing on an AHL contract last year. “A guy like me is always kind of waiting for that opportunity, so now that it’s finally come the real work starts now. I have my work cut out now to try to open some eyes and hold onto a job for as long as I can.

“I’m a competitive guy. I’m going to go out there, play hard and finish my checks and do all the little things that you have to do to stay in the lineup.”

Szwarz will hope to do what Agostino couldn’t do after finishing with just one point and really making no tangible impact despite some power-play time and a chance to play the hero with a top-3 shootout spot in Monday night’s loss to the Blue Jackets. Agostino was sent down less than 24 hours later. Now, Szwarz is the next in the seemingly endless revolving door of injuries and AHL call-ups for the Black and Gold.

Zane McIntyre was also recalled from Providence on an emergency basis on Wednesday morning and could serve as Tuukka Rask’s backup as Anton Khudobin’s lower body injury “isn’t healing as quickly as [the Bruins] would have liked.” Khudobin wasn’t able to skate at practice Wednesday at Warrior Ice Arena after getting hurt Sunday prior to the shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Talking Points: Second-guessing Bruins' shootout decision


Talking Points: Second-guessing Bruins' shootout decision

GOLD STAR: While it took a while for the Bruins to get going, Patrice Bergeron was one of the players that didn’t stop playing for the Black and Gold. It was his power-play goal in the second period that started to turn things moving in the right direction, and he continued that level of play with a no-look pass to Brad Marchand for the game-tying score in the third period. Bergeron finished with a goal and two points in 22:08 of ice time with four shots on net, a hit, a takeaway and managed to win 13-of-27 draws while doing yeoman’s work at both ends of the ice. It’s a shame that Bergeron was never able get involved in the shootout after Kenny Agostino and Brad Marchand were the first two guys to come down the pipe.

BLACK EYE: Kenny Agostino played just five minutes in the shootout loss to the Blue Jackets, but somehow he managed to be one of the two shooters that Bruce Cassidy was able to get out on the ice before Columbus iced the shootout win. That means Agostino was going to be one of Boston’s top three shooters over either Patrice Bergeron or David Pastrnak, and that is a choice that leaves plenty of room for second-guessing. Agostino might be a lights out shootout/penalty shot specialist in the AHL and he may have been impressive in practice, or perhaps it was more of a hunch from Cassidy that he would come through. Whatever it was, hopefully it’s the last time we see the career AHL winger get selected over Boston’s top-tier offensive players in their next shootout.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins came on strong in the third period and scored a pair of goals to wipe out the Columbus advantage, and push things into the extra session. It was goals from Torey Krug and Brad Marchand that ended up tying things up after Boston’s horrid start, and gave the Bruins an impressive finishing kick that showed some heart and character. It wasn’t completely dominant from the B’s as it was a 9-9 shot count in the final 20 minutes, but the Bruins were very clearly exerting some pressure on the Blue Jackets.

HONORABLE MENTION: Zdeno Chara didn’t factor into the scoring, but he did make a clear statement that the first period wasn’t acceptable when he stepped up and dropped the gloves with Josh Anderson at the start of the second period. He was targeted with a number of hits in his final shift of the first period, so he was pretty surly to start the second as the rest of his teammates should have been as well. Chara leveled Anderson behind the Boston net to start the trouble, and then finished things with the fight against another mammoth player on the other roster. In all Chara finished with seven shot attempts, a hit and a couple of blocked shots in 24:08 of ice time.

BY THE NUMBERS: 29:19 – the total ice time for workhorse defenseman Charlie McAvoy against a heavy, physical Blue Jackets bunch as the rookie continues to take on more and more responsibility for the Black and Gold.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “I don’t think we’re a team that’s going to win too many games if we don’t have all 20 guys going, and I don’t think that was the case pretty early on.” – Bruce Cassidy, to NESN on his assessment of the ghastly start for the B’s in their eventual 4-3 shootout loss.