Johnson providing answers as Bruins backup

Johnson providing answers as Bruins backup
December 1, 2013, 11:15 am
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BOSTON -- Chad Johnson wasn’t under any illusions after it was all over.

The Bruins backup goaltender wasn’t exactly taking much credit in the 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets after watching his team out-shoot the lackluster Blue Jackets by a 36-14 margin in the win. Johnson made 13 saves while allowing an inconsequential goal to Ryan Johansen in the third period, and he was more than happy to push his record to a sterling 4-1-0 in five appearances this season.

For Johnson to get his second start against the Columbus team that he made 32 saves against in an overtime win a couple of weeks ago was an absolute no-brainer, and the 27-year-old rewarded the Bruins with another solid effort between the pipes.

“Yeah, it was an easy game," Johnson said. "Not really much to talk about on my end of it. I think the last couple of games have been like that. I don’t get a lot of action. Last game I played I had some in the third so, yeah it’s tough to not really see any action in my end or any shots so you just try and stay as mentally sharp as possible and just try to stay into it.”

The numbers have been excellent for Johnson. He has a 1.97 goals against average and a .918 save percentage, but the wins and losses are where it’s at for backup goaltenders expected to dust off their equipment once every couple of weeks.

Johnson hasn’t seen much action in the games that he actually does play, but that’s the challenge of a backup netminder at the NHL level.

“When you look at his win/loss record, it’s exactly what you would like to see from your backup goaltender," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "He’s played a little bit more so he’s definitely feeling a little bit more into it and seemed more confident. He made some good saves, even though he doesn’t get tested much.

“I think we all know that that’s an even tougher task for a goaltender when you’re sitting there and not getting many shots to stay focused, stay into the game. He did a good job of that.”

Johnson was a big question mark entering this season, but since then all he’s provided are answers.