Khudobin to get his first start

January, 28, 2013
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Bruins back-up goaltender Anton Khudobin will get his first start of the season tonight in Raleigh, N.C., when the Bruins take on the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Center.

Khudobin will spell some relief for starter Tuukka Rask, who was between the pipes for the first four games. Rask is off to a great start with a 3-0-1 record to go along with a 1.96 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. But with tonight being the first game of a back-to-back set for the Bruins (they host New Jersey Tuesday), head coach Claude Julien decided it was a good time to get Khudobin into the mix.

Julien and the Bruins got a taste of what Khudobin has to offer last April when the puck-stopper from Kazakhstan made 44 saves in a win at Ottawa.

“He showed something last year in the one game he played for us [against Ottawa] and he had a decent year [in Providence] too,” Julien said on Monday. “No matter what, you have to use both goaltenders in this short schedule."

Khudobin, who went 6-14-4 with a .912 save percentage and 2.96 goals against average for the Moscow Oblast in the KHL during the lockout, was excited to learn he'd be starting Monday.

“It’s been a long time [since I played a game in the NHL], but I know what to expect pretty much,” Khudobin told the media. “It will be my first experience against Carolina, but it will be a good experience. You just have to work every day. You can’t stand still. Every day you just move forward and work on something new.”

James Murphy

Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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