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Cassidy: Swayman will be starting goalie for Bruins' season opener

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Jeremy Swayman will be the starting goaltender for the Boston Bruins when they open their 2021-22 NHL regular season schedule against the Dallas Stars at TD Garden on Saturday night

B's head coach Bruce Cassidy made the announcement Friday. 

Swayman outplayed free-agent acquisition Linus Ullmark in training camp and the preseason. Ullmark signed a four-year, $20 million contract with the Bruins in the offseason. He should still get plenty of games this season as the Bruins try to keep both goalies fresh for a playoff push. 

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Expectations are high for Swayman after a fantastic NHL debut last season. He posted a 7-3-0 record with a .945 save percentage and a 1.50 goals against average. He also beat out veteran Jaroslav Halak to be the backup in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

The University of Maine product is technically still a rookie for the 2021-22 campaign, so he's eligible for the Calder Trophy.

On a historical note, Swayman will be the first Bruins goalie not named Tuukka Rask to start a season opener since Tim Thomas kicked off the 2011-12 campaign following his brilliance in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.