Sheldon Keefe hits back at Jim Montgomery's comments on Jeremy Swayman

Marvin Azrak
April 25, 2024  (3:35 PM)

Boston Bruins Jeremy Swayman makes a save during their 4-2 Game 3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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Jeremy Swayman has been on a tear for the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and it looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs are starting to take notice. Boston snagged a 2-1 lead in the series after Wednesday's 4-2 win over Toronto, and a big part of that success has been thanks to Swayman's stellar performance between the pipes.

While Brad Marchand definitely set the tone in the third period, but let's not overlook Swayman's saves he's been pulling off. Coach Jim Montgomery has been playing it coy about who's starting in goal, but Swayman's making a case for himself to stop the rotation with Linus Ullmark with each game he plays.
In the first three games, Swayman racked up a whopping 63 saves against the Maple Leafs. He's also 5-0 against Toronto in the last two seasons. There's frustration brewing in the Leafs' locker room, especially after Max Domi decided to bump into Swayman during Game 3.
Montgomery didn't hold back, saying,
Sometimes I don't think that, but when Domi goes off the bench and bumps him on purpose, makes me think maybe he's in their head a little bit.
Sheldon Keefe responded though and didn't hold back.
Now, with Game 4 coming up on Saturday, Montgomery's got a tough decision to make about who gets the nod in goal. If Swayman keeps dominating, it could tip the scales in his favor. Yet we have to wait until Saturday's game 4 in Toronto to see how it plays out.