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Bruins seeking clarity in goal and defense

Niklas Svedberg — with help from Patrice Bergeron — kept his eye on Matt Cullen (7) en route to his first NHL win.
Niklas Svedberg — with help from Patrice Bergeron — kept his eye on Matt Cullen (7) en route to his first NHL win.Credit: matthew j. lee/globe staff

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The window on Niklas Svedberg’s NHL audition opened on Thursday at TD Garden. It will close upon Svedberg’s assignment back to Providence on Friday. Given how well Svedberg performed against the Predators, that window will reopen soon.

Svedberg, recalled from Providence on Thursday morning, made his first NHL start, and the AHL’s best goalie last season didn’t disappoint.

The 24-year-old Svedberg turned back 33 shots to backstop the Bruins to a 3-2 overtime win. Aside from parts of the first period, when Svedberg didn’t control his rebounds as efficiently as he would have liked, he did not play like somebody facing his first NHL shooters.

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