Khudobin makes his mark with a 45-save effort

Khudobin makes his mark with a 45-save effort
April 2, 2013, 11:45 pm
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BOSTON -- The Bruins' "Rooster T-shirt" sat folder up behind Anton Khudobin as he addressed the media following Tuesday night's 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators at the TD Garden.

Khudobin made an NHL career-high 45 saves, picking up his second-straight win in consecutive starts.

When asked if he was going to put the shirt on, Khudobin said, "No." He said that it wasn't for him.

But if you're a Bruins defenseman, you'd beg to differ. And if you're the Bruins' coach, you also realize that Khudobin probably deserves the T-shirt as well, which is given to the team's "player of the game."

"I thought that we were very soft defensively," said Claude Julien after the win. "We didn't play with heavy sticks. We got stripped off the puck many times. We weren't extremely strong on the walls. So a lot of turnovers, and a lot of takeaways. And defensively, we kind of had a so-so game. But offensively, much better."

Khudobin's 45 save total was impressive on Tuesday night. But he admitted after the game that it wasn't the most he's ever made in his life.

In 2005-06, Khudobin saw 84 shots as Saskatoon's goaltender in the WHL playoffs. He made 80 saves, and his team lost to the Medicine Hat Tigers in triple overtime.

"I was pretty mad that we lost that game," said Khudobin on Tuesday night as he reminisced out loud.

On Tuesday night, he also didn't care how many saves he made. He was just pleased with the result.

"It's always fun," said Khudobin with a smile. "I'm pretty sure for the other goalie it's not fun right now, because he lost. But it doesn't matter for me. I got the W. I'm happy with that. We got our points, and we keep moving forward."

As the Bruins move forward, they'll play every other night from here on out, until the playoffs begin. And Khudobin being able to step in and have big games like he did on Sunday in Buffalo and now Tuesday against Ottawa, will be key down the stretch.

"It could happen someday, I could play two in a row again," said Khudobin. "I was thinking, 'Just go and play.' At some point it will happen, so I just have to go and play there. So that's what happened pretty much today.

"If I'm going to play more, it's great. If not, I just have to be ready for the next game, whenever it's going to happen."

"He's a battler, I think we all saw that," said Julien after Tuesday's win. "He's been working hard all year, so when he's getting the opportunity -- except for that game in Toronto, which, I don't think it was that bad, I just kind of made that change for momentum reasons. But he's been pretty good. He's made a great combination with Tuukka [Rask], as far as this kind of schedule and what you have to do with your goaltenders. He's been a great compliment to our group."