June 12, 2024


Charlie McAvoy earned a goalie hug from Jeremy Swayman on Wednesday evening.

Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) skates during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla.
Charlie McAvoy did all of it on Wednesday evening in opposition to the Sabres. (AP Picture/Marta Lavandier)

The Bruins already boast an elite goaltending duo between Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark.

However Charlie McAvoy will not be a foul backup possibility between the pipes.

The 26-year-old defenseman’s shifts are often punctuated with bone-crunching checks, power-play reps alongside the offensive blue line, and taxing minutes in Boston’s personal zone.

However McAvoy made a fast cameo as a goalie throughout Boston’s highway sport in opposition to the Sabres on Wednesday, robbing a Buffalo tally with a clutch goal-line save behind Swayman.

With Boston already holding onto a 3-0 lead close to the halfway level of the second interval, Sabres ahead Dylan Cozens uncorked a slap shot that ricocheted off of Swayman’s blocker.

However quite than getting punched out towards the slot, Cozen’s blast bounced up and behind Swayman. Earlier than tumbling into Boston’s internet, McAvoy bailed out the B’s netminder, knocking the fluttering biscuit out of the air along with his stick blade to protect Swayman’s shutout.

You possibly can watch McAvoy’s spectacular hand-eye coordination beneath:

McAvoy’s efforts weren’t misplaced on Swayman, who gave his defenseman an impromptu goalie hug throughout a stoppage in play.

The Bruins, who entered Wednesday’s sport in opposition to Buffalo within the midst of a four-game dropping streak, have responded effectively after their vacation break.

Getting into the third interval of play, Boston holds a 4-0 lead over Buffalo. Charlie Coyle has scored two objectives, whereas Swayman has turned apart 18 pictures by the primary 40 minutes of play.