The Boston Bruins have called up Providence Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin. He will join the team for their Tuesday morning skate, and be available for that night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Khoudobin is 21-19-3 in 44 games with the P-Bruins, recording two shutouts. He has a 2.61 goals against average and .919 save percentage.
Unlike current backup goaltender to Tim Thomas, Marty Turco, Khudobin is available for the postseason should Tuukka Rask be deemed not healthy enough.
Khudobin has six career NHL appearances with the Minnesota Wild. his first tart came on February 6, 2010, a 2-1 win over the Flyers. His first shutout came on January 16, 2011, a 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Khudobin was originally drafted by Minnesota in the seventh round (206th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to the Bruins on February 28, 2011 for Jeff Penner and Mikko Lehtonen.
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After sitting out the last month with a lower body injury, Bruins fourth liner Noel Acciari has been assigned to Providence presumably to get up to speed after missing a considerable length of time. It also means that Acciari has likely been cleared medically to play after appearing in B's practice over the last few days after missing the last 14 games.
The 24-year-old former Providence College standout has appeared in 12 games with the Bruins this season after breaking camp with the team, and recorded two assists for two points with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating before suffering a lower body injury.
By all accounts Acciari was a good energy player on a surprisingly good fourth line to start the season, wasn’t afraid to throw around his body for impactful hits and was having plenty of success aggravating opponents into losing their cool and taking penalties. Fellow rookie forward Anton Blidh has stepped in and played a similar role on the fourth line over the last couple of games for the Black and Gold, so that gives the Bruins plenty of time to get Acciari back up to speed at the AHL level without their fourth line’s level of play dropping in the meantime.
The Acciari demotion to Providence does mean that the Bruins head into Washington with 12 forwards, so it should again be Blidh, Dominic Moore and Jimmy Hayes as the fourth line barring any last minute wrinkles from Claude Julien.