BALTIMORE — One day after Chad Johnson struggled — allowing three goals on eight shots to the Canadiens — Niklas Svedberg stood tall against Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals, earning a 3-2 shootout victory at 1st Mariner Arena.
Svedberg made his most notable save against Ovechkin, stoning the Washington star with about a minute to go in overtime. He had six saves in the shootout, which the Bruins won, 3-2, on a goal by Carter Camper in the eighth round.
“[Svedberg] was solid,” coach Claude Julien said. “He made some good saves. I think he got as surprised as anybody else on that goal [by Casey Wellman]. That guy just turned around and shot it quickly – it was a quick release – I don’t know if he was screened.
“Yet, he stood up and shined through the shootout. So he was really good tonight. I liked his outing.”
Svedberg, who had a 2.17 goals against average and .925 save percentage with Providence, is battling Johnson to be Tuukka Rask’s backup this season. Julien said earlier in the week that the team would keep the best goaltender, possibly sacrificing everyday play in Providence for Svedberg.
“I think if he’s ready, he’s ready,” Julien had said. “It’s as simple as that.”
Rask started the game, allowing a goal to Tom Wilson at 17:18 of the first period.