Welcome to the latest edition of the Boston Bruins’ 3 Up, 3 Down for the 2022-23 season. This will be a weekly column released on Mondays chronicling the highs and lows of the previous seven days.
There were just two games in the last seven days on the schedule for the Boston Bruins, but they were two games that helped them tie an NHL record. Two wins on TD Garden ice helped the Black and Gold tie record for most consecutive wins at home to begin a season with 11. In this edition of Bruins’ 3 Up, 3 Down, the goaltending continues to shine, the front office hires a law firm because of their mistake, one veteran player is heating up, and more.
Plus One: Jeremey Swayman Returns Against Blackhawks
Two and a half weeks after suffering a lower-body injury against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 1, Jeremy Swayman returned to practice on Nov. 16 and the lineup against the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 19. He was injured in the third period of the Bruins’ 6-5 overtime win against the Penguins when Patrice Bergeron collided with him while killing a power play, injuring his knee.
In a 6-1 win, Swayman stopped 17 of the 18 shots he faced as his teammates put together one of their better 60-minute efforts of the season. The former University of Maine standout was grateful to be back so quickly from an injury that looked like it was going to be a long-term issue when he left the ice in Pittsburgh.
Following the game, Swayman said, “Unbelievable, it was a long two weeks, you know working every day for a common goal and that was to get back on the ice for a game…to get this win at home was a special one, so I’m really happy to be back.”
In Swayman’s place, veteran Keith Kinkaid was called up from the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League (AHL) and won his one start against the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 12. He stopped 30 shots, including 21 through the first two periods, to keep his team in the game and rally for a 3-1 victory.
Minus One: Bruins Hire Law Firm to Investigate Front Office Mistake
The signing of Mitchell Miller on Nov. 4 was one decision that the front office would like to have back. Team President Cam Neely spoke to the media on Nov. 7, one day after they cut ties with Miller, and said that he is going to do an investigation into the process that went into signing Miller. On Nov. 15, Boston announced that they hired the law firm to review their player-vetting process. Boston hired…