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The Bruins claim the playoff berth as Jeremy Swayman makes his case in Game 1 – The Athletic

When coach Bruce Cassidy made his emergency attempt to take David Pastrnak away from Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron on Jan. 1, the Bruins weren’t in the playoffs.

From that perspective, there was no escaping the fact that the Bruins secured their place in the playoffs with a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

“We’re not going to go out and celebrate making the playoffs,” Cassidy said. “But it’s still an achievement to be proud of. It’s not easy to do that year after year in this league. For example, I can go to the New York Islanders – and I shouldn’t say it just yet. Two Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 to finish. They almost need a miracle to get in now. So it’s not automatic. Things happen throughout the year. For us it certainly didn’t look like an automatism in November.”

At the micro level, the Bruins halted a three-game losing streak. At the macro level, Jeremy Swayman’s win was crucial for two reasons.

First,

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