Jeremy Swayman issues bold declaration before Game 5

The Bruins are on the brink of elimination.

Michael W.

The Boston Bruins have their backs up against the wall, trailing three games to one in their Round 2 Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Florida Panthers and are facing the prospect of a second straight year of being ousted by their division rival. 

The two teams reconvene tonight back at Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise for Game 5, and ahead of the matchup, Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman made it clear that he's feeling quite confident about the prospects of forcing a Game 6 back at Boston's TD Garden later in the week. 

“Lot of confidence in this room,” Swayman said. “A lot of motivation in this room. I couldn’t be more excited to get down there and bring it back to Boston.”

“It’s playoff hockey,” Swayman went on. “We better believe it because it’s reality. The reality is that we’re gonna go to Florida, and we’re gonna play the same game. We’re gonna get it done. I have no doubt about this group. We have a lot of confidence and a lot of motivation to bring it back to Boston because our fans deserve a lot better. We’re excited to do that.”

Swayman has posted positive numbers so far in the postseason, owning a 2.28 goals against average and .930 save percentage; the only game that he didn't start was Game 2 of their Round 1 series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

He made 38 saves in a losing effort to the Panthers in Game 4, but was clearly miffed by the officiating after Sam Bennett's controversial tying goal was allowed to stand despite the fact that the Panthers forward had just crosschecked Charlie Coyle into him before depositing the puck into the open net. 

Tonight's matchup is set to begin at 7:00 PM EST. Can Swayman make good on his prediction and help the Bruins force a sixth game? 

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