BOSTON -- Saying Bruins backup goaltender Chad Johnson has played sporadically this season would be a huge understatement.
He helped Boston to a 3-2 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden with a 22-save performance in only his fourth start of the season to improve to 3-1-0. In the first two periods, the Hurricanes couldn't generate much offense. Carolina registered only six shots in the first period and didn't post a shot for nearly 12 minutes to the start the second period.
When the Hurricanes finally created some offense in the third period, Johnson made timely saves.
"That's tough for any goalie," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "I think when you sit in there, and halfway through the game or whatever you've got maybe seven, 10 shots, it's not easy. So at the end of the day, you look and I think he's 3-1 now, and that's what you want from your second goaltender -- is that he can go in there and allow you to win some games. So far, he's done a pretty good job despite the fact that he's had some long breaks in between those games."
Boston's No.1 goalie, Tuukka Rask, is 12-5-2 with a 1.62 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage in 19 games so far this season. Meanwhile, Johnson has had to watch from the bench. In the games he has played, though, he's been solid.
"I just try and just take advantage of the opportunity I have," Johnson said. "It's nice to get in more games and be in there more consistently instead of having to wait two or three weeks, and I feel the more I play, the more confident I'll be and the more consistent my game will be. I'm feeling like I'm in a little bit more of a groove right now for sure."