Who? Anton Khudobin. That’s who. He has stepped in twice this season to give workhorse Tuukka Rask a break and has been nothing short of spectacular.
In two starts this season, Khudobin is 2-0 with a 2.00 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. On January 28th, Khudobin beat the Carolina Hurricanes in Carolina 5-3 and then last night went into Buffalo and held a team to one goal where Rask watched seven slide by him not too long ago. In his start in Carolina, Khudobin had 29 saves and in his start versus Buffalo he turned aside 25 of 26 shots.
Khudobin is in a very unique position because he knows he will not see regular playing time, but knows he needs to stay sharp incase he is called upon or an injury (God forbid) happens to Rask. He is answering the bell in both starts away from the TD Garden making the Bruins not skip a beat.
Head coach Claude Julien had many good things to say about Khudobin after Monday’s practice at the TD Garden.
“He just looks really comfortable in net for us,” Julien said. “I don’t know if it’s the way guys are playing in front of him, but he’s gobbling pucks up and leaving nothing behind. He’s a very good goaltender.”
Khudobin praised his teammates for his success last night in Buffalo.
“It was great, you know? I pretty much got a little rest in the second and third period,” Khudobin said. “I didn’t do much. I just had to stop a couple of saves and pretty much make sure that we keep it scoreless.”
Khudobin has been rock solid as the number two goalie for the black and goal and is an unrestricted free agent next summer. His stats are impressive sporting a 7-1 record with a 1.54 GAA and a .954 save percentage in his NHL career. It will be very interesting to see what the Bruins will do with Khudobin moving forward because clearly he can be trusted.