Thomas relives his "Peggy moment" with Anton Khudobin

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Thomas relives his "Peggy moment" with Anton Khudobin

WILMINGTON, Mass Tim Thomas clearly was a fan of the Discover Card commercial he shot with Peggy and an obsessed taxi-driving fan. It was the first thing that came to the puck-stoppers mind when an animated Anton Khudobin nearly broke up his media scrum following Tuesdays practice.

Thomas held court for 10 minutes with reporters while waxing philosophic on the importance of Game 7 and learning from failures before ultimately tasting success. That portion provided some compelling quotes such as this one.

Losing in Game 7 allows you to know that you can fail, and youll go on and your life wont be ruined, said a thoughtful Thomas just prior to Khudobins arrival. Until youve had that experience its really tough to handle. It actually gave me an advantage going into the Game 7s last year because of that experience.

Winning quite a few times last year in Game 7s gives you the confidence that you can get it done again.

But the most entertaining moment of the press scrum arrived right afterward when Khudobin rushed in off the ice with the rest of the healthy scratchesBlack Aces and couldnt get through the assembled media to his locker. Good-natured yelling and screaming ensued in a thick Kazakhstan accent, and the 37-year-old couldnt help but take himself into the back of the cab where his personal Peggy moment took place.

He stopped things midstream after hearing Khudobins yell Timmy in a Russian accent followed by something else unintelligible that sounded like a line straight out of the Borat movie.

Do you guys hear Peggy over there? Thats Peggy Junior, said a smiling Thomas to a group of laughs from the assembled media.

While Khudobin is no longer Thomas backup after Tuukka Rask returned to the Bruins lineup for Game 6 in Washington, give credit to the young Kazakhstan goalie for keeping things loose prior to the biggest game of the year.

Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

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Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tuukka Rask made 35 saves to help the Bruins hold off the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored to give Boston a 2-0 lead and the Bruins improved to 3-0-1 in their past four.

Evander Kane scored his first goal of the season for Buffalo. Robin Lehner returned after missing one game with a hip injury and made 32 saves.

The Sabres combined for nine goals in their previous two wins but the NHL's lowest-scoring team reverted to form from the first 21 games, when star center Jack Eichel was out of the lineup with a high-ankle sprain.

Krejci got the Bruins on the scoreboard with 5:50 left in the first when he deflected Brandon Carlo's slap shot from the point off the right post and into the net.

The Sabres appeared to tie the game late in the second period but replays determined Brian Gionta kicked the puck into the net.

Bergeron made it 2-0 at 7:10 of the second at 7:44 of the third when he knocked on the rebound of his own missed shot. Bergeron initially hit the puck with his forearm on the left edge of the crease and skated around the net to chase down the puck and slip a backhand past Lehner.

The Sabres answered two minutes later, scoring on Rask for the first time in 109:12 this season. Sam Reinhart's feed off the rear wall set up Kane for a wrist shot from the slot that bounced in off Krejci. Reinhart has five points in his last four games.

NOTES: Bruins F Matt Beleskey was escorted to the dressing room in the final minute of the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. ... Sabres D Josh Gorges did not play after injuring his foot blocking a shot in Thursday's win over the New York Rangers. With Dmitry Kulikov (lower back) and Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain) also out, the Sabres were down three of their top four defenseman and recalled 19-year-old Brendan Guhle from the minors to make his NHL debut. Guhle hustled back to thwart a breakaway by Krejci late in the third period. ... F Anton Blidh became the seventh Bruin to make his NHL debut this season after being recalled from the minors on Friday. ... The Bruins scratched F Jimmy Hayes. D Zdeno Chara, the Bruins' captain, missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Rask got a shutout in Boston's 4-0 win over Buffalo on Nov. 7.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Host Florida on Monday.

Sabres: At Washington on Monday.

 

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