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Once Again, Khudobin Solid

B's backup shuts the door for yet another win in relief of Tuukka Rask

Thursday, 03.7.2013 / 11:57 PM ET / Features
By Eric Russo  - BostonBruins.com
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Once Again, Khudobin Solid
Anton Khudobin stepped in for Tuukka Rask on Thursday night and, once again, performed well. The B\u2019s number two backstop made 21 saves on 23 shots in the Bruins\u2019 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden.

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BOSTON, MAAnton Khudobin stepped in for Tuukka Rask on Thursday night and, once again, handed out a solid performance. The B’s number two backstop made 25 saves on 27 shots in the Bruins’ 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden.

Early on in the first period, Khudobin's play was immense. He made a dazzling right pad stop on Tyler Bozak during a 5-on-3 advantage for the Maple Leafs to keep the game scoreless.

“He did great,” said Brad Marchand, who tallied two assists. “He played very well, and you saw he made a lot of big saves, especially the early one on there power play, and a few at the end.

“You’ve got to give him credit. He came in, in a tough situation, and played very well.”

Khudobin improved his record to 4-1-0 and proved one again, that he could step in when needed and show his teammates exactly why they have a great deal of confidence in him.

“I thought it was a great game for him all the way around, I thought he made some great saves in the first period just to keep us in the game,” Patrice Bergeron told the media after the game.

“This was a little bit different scenario, but I thought he responded well, and that’s what we need from both of them. We have confidence in Tuukka and Anton, and tonight was an example that he can do the job.”

For the first time this season, Khudobin backstopped the B's following a loss, as opposed to a winning streak. The backup netminder took advantage of the opportunity to end the B’s two-game skid, and said his confidence continues to grow each time he gets the call, with the helps of his teammates.

“It’s a big win for everybody,” Khudobin said. “I think every game I have good confidence. My teammates are always helping me before the game, after the game. Tuukks helps me too.”

With Khudobin continuing to play well each time he has been in between the pipes, Head Coach Claude Julien has the ability to give Rask a rest when he needs it.

“That’s what you want to get from your backup goaltender,” explained Julien. “He played well tonight. That second goal, you could see he was mad, he felt he should have had it, but he made some real good saves throughout the whole game.

“I thought he was solid. It certainly makes our team feel better when you know no matter who you put in net they’re going to give you a solid performance.”

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