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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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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
2 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
3 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
4 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
5 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
6 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
7 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
8 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 80 32 36 12 68
L. Eriksson 82 30 33 13 63
D. Krejci 72 17 46 4 63
B. Marchand 77 37 24 21 61
R. Spooner 80 13 36 -9 49
T. Krug 81 4 40 9 44
M. Beleskey 80 15 22 6 37
Z. Chara 80 9 28 12 37
J. Hayes 75 13 16 -12 29
D. Pastrnak 51 15 11 3 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 31 22 8 .915 2.56
J. Gustavsson 11 9 1 .908 2.72
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