In a game in which young players needed to step up, Matt Bartkowski and Niklas Svedberg did exactly that.

Bartkowski started the Boston Bruins’ matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday with a couple of penalties, but he turned his game around and finished with two assists. As for Svedberg, he let in two goals in the first period but was a wall late in the game to give the Bruins a shootout win.

After the game, Bruins head coach Claude Julien praised his backup goaltender.

“I think (Svedberg) just got better as the game went on,” Julien told NESN’s Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley. “Like you said, I’m sure he’d like to have at least one of those goals back. But it’s how he conducted himself from there on in. He made some big saves when we needed it and gave us an opportunity to stay in the game until we started scoring some goals.”

Hear more from Julien in the video above.

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