During this past offseason the Bruins let former backup goalie Anton Khudobin walk and sign a one-year, $800,000 deal with the Carolina Hurricanes to serve as the backup to goalie Cam Ward. The Bruins decided to go the cheaper route and sign veteran backup Chad Johnson to a one-year, $600,000 deal.
$200,000 was the difference between bringing Khudobin back or letting him sign elsewhere. With the Bruins already tight to the cap, it was a move the Bruins didn’t have much of a choice in.
With Malcolm Subban and Niklas Svedberg in the mix, Johnson won the job as the backup to Tuukka Rask during training camp. Johnson had a decent camp, but left an uneasy feeling in the stomach’s of Bruins fans with many wishing Khudobin still called Boston home.
Making his Bruins regular season debut on October 23 in Buffalo, Johnson made 14 saves en route to a 5-2 Bruins victory. Johnson was a bit shaky, but the five goals was clearly more than enough.
Johnson’s next start came 10 days later in Long Island as the Bruins took on the Islanders. Johnson and the Bruins were terrible in that one, losing to the Islanders 3-1.
Since the loss to New York, Johnson has fired off five straight wins and has not allowed more than two goals in any of those five games. Two of those five have been overtime wins.
Although Johnson has let in some weak goals at times, Johnson has made some big saves to keep the Bruins either tied, or in the lead, which has no doubt help lead to five straight wins for Johnson.
With seven games under his belt Johnson has a 6-1 record, .928 save percentage and a 1.98 goals-against average. Clearly the Bruins have confidence in Johnson, and so should you.
Last season everyone loved Khudobin, as he was labeled as a perfect NHL backup goalie. People had a ton of confidence in him, something he deserved. But if you listen to talk radio, scroll through your Twitter timeline when its announced that Johnson will get the start, or read message boards it seems the same can’t be said for Johnson. Despite the stellar numbers people still can’t seem to trust Chad Johnson.
Compare Johnson’s numbers through seven games to Khudobin’s through seven games last season and you will see that Johnson has been doing just fine.
|Goals Against Average:||1.98||2.30|
In Thursday’s 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers, Johnson made 39 saves to lead the Bruins to their fourth straight win. The Bruins gave Johnson some breathing room early as they carried a 3-0 lead into the second period, but two second period goals by David Perron made for an interesting third period, but as he has done multiple times this season, Johnson stood tall and kept the Oilers off the board in the games final 20 minutes. The Oilers outshot the Bruins 13-3 in the third period.
“Yeah we came out really strong and got those three early first period goals which is always nice” said Johnson after the Bruins win in Edmonton.“And then they got that goal in the second period, and that second goal and then the second period was a bit of a battle and so was the third and we were just fighting to get the two points.”
Johnson continues to the job done, show some confidence in the guy, will ya? He deserves it.
Check out what Johnson, Brad Marchand and Jarome Iginla had to say after the victory