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Boston has been the land of opportunity for goalies this season

Apr 5, 2012, 6:39 PM EST

Anton Khudobin

The Boston Bruins will have another new face in goal this evening when Anton Khudobin makes his Bruins debut. Khudobin, 25, will be the fourth goalie Boston has used this season, joining the likes of Tim Thomas, Tuukka Rask and Marty Turco.

Of all those goalies, Turco is the one Khudobin best relates to.

Turco, 36, was out of the league when the Bruins signed him to replace the injured Rask in March. Prior to joining Boston, he’d been playing in the Austrian league after failing to secure an NHL contract following a one-year stint in Chicago.

All told, Turco went almost an entire calendar year between NHL starts.

That’s something Khudobin can relate to. His last NHL start came with Minnesota in Jan. 2011 — a 4-1 win over Edmonton — and his career has been a whirlwind ever since. After the Oilers win, he was sent back Minnesota’s AHL affiliate in Houston, then traded to Boston at the deadline and dispatched to AHL Providence, where he played well.

That strong finish in Providence paved the way for an emergency recall in last year’s playoffs, where he was included on the Bruins’ team picture and awarded a Stanley Cup ring.

Fast forward to today, where Khubodin will finally play for the Bruins. Needless to say, he’s stoked.

“It’s a great feeling. It’s always fun to play at this level. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity,” said Khudobin, who returned from a wrist injury in March. “We’ll see what happens before the game, but I’m sure there will be some butterflies there. It’s my first NHL start in a couple of years.

“But at the same time I’m ready to play and I’m pretty excited.”

There’s a possibility Khudobin could play an even bigger role in this year’s playoffs. With Rask still hurt and Turco postseason ineligible, there’s a strong chance Khudobin will be Thomas’ No. 2 when the playoffs start on Apr. 11.

  1. seanb20124 - Apr 5, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Thomas skipped the White House visit

    • nhbsfan - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      He did? When did this happen?? Why wasn’t this covered by ProHockeyTalk??

  2. bompster42 - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    What the hell does that remark have to do with story somebody with an iq of 12

  3. itsallniceonice - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Future Rask backup so he better look sharp tonight. I’ve been interested in seeing him play, sadly haven’t caught any PBruins games at the Sharks games.

  4. treydogg97 - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    If I remember him correctly, Khudobin is kind of a “flopper”. The knock on him when he was in the Wild’s system was that he was a bit uncontrollable in the crease, though he has the capability of posting good numbers. If his brain slows the game down, though, I think he could be a capable #2 at least.

    • nhbsfan - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:54 PM

      Thanks for the info. I also haven’t seen this kid play much so it will be interesting to see how he does in a game that is probably more important to Ottawa than Boston…

    • odj810 - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      floppers can suceed in the NHL. That was thomas’s knock as well. I wish him the best.

  5. habsman - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    It’s times like this that I wonder what Lucic’s girlfriend thinks.

    Especially when she’s not getting slapped around.

    • drewzducks - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:12 AM

      At least she fought back unlike the turtling Lez Habsnots.

      • habsman - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:26 AM

        “At least she fought back..?”

        Serious?

        Is it OK to hit women where you come from?

    • drewzducks - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      Moron. Where did I say it was ok to hit women? And when did he supposedly hit her? Don’t let your facts get in the way of your brain dead throwaway line. You must have Luc confused with St. Patrick with his domestic assault arrest and subsequent divorce. Such a great man would make the perfect coach or GM for a listless franchise.

      • habsman - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:48 AM

        “At least she fought back….”

        That statement says all there needs to said about you. D%$* Head.

      • itsallniceonice - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

        @Habsman You can fight back in things other than physical confrontations. Being a Habsman thought I doubt you even know about that.

      • habsman - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        Is there nothing Bruin fans don’t try to turn around and “spin?”

        It was a stupid statement about a cowardly act. But Bruin fans are familiar with defending cowardly acts right?

  6. nhbsfan - Apr 5, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    This kid is making some pretty damn nice saves so far…good stuff.

  7. pastabelly - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    44 saves on 45 shots was a good night. But Tuukka is the only legitimate playoff backup.

  8. jond86 - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    He had an outstanding game tonight. 43/44 I think he stole the game because the Bruins did not play that well. Good win for him tonight, first in a B’s uniform.

  9. neelyisgod - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:16 AM

    Saw him in Providence this year. He had minor injuries most of the year and didn’t look sharp. But he was playing behind a very weak defensive corp. Everything being equal, I like this kid and think he does well for the B’s for many years to come hopefully.

  10. 8man - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    Division Title? Check.
    100 point seaon? Check.
    Goalkeepers ready for action? Check.
    Roger, ready for takeoff. Gooooooooooooo Bruins!

    • habsman - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      Roger?

      Don’t you mean Colie?

      • odj810 - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:00 AM

        Habs might get the number 2 pick! congagulations! Whens the draft this year?

      • habsman - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:51 AM

        The draft is June 22-23 in Pittsburgh. A real hockey fan would have known that.

      • 8man - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:17 PM

        I don’t get it.

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