Friday, March 8, 2013
Bruins gaining confidence in Khudobin
By James Murphy
BOSTON -- After watching his team lose two straight as goalie Tuukka Rask allowed eight goals in those two games, Bruins head coach Claude Julien decided to throw backup Anton Khudobin in to stop the losing streak against Northeast Division rival Toronto on Thursday. The move paid off as Khudobin made 25 saves to help the Bruins earn a 4-2 win. With the win, Khudobin improved to 4-1-0 with a 2.42 goals-against average and .910 save percentage. With each solid performance Khudobin turns in, he continues to build his team's confidence in him.
Anton Khudobin made 25 saves in Boston's 4-2 win over Toronto.
"That's what you want to get from your backup goaltender," Julien said. "He played well tonight. That second goal, you could see he was mad, he felt he should have had it, but he made some real good saves throughout the whole game. I thought he was solid. It certainly makes our team feel better when you know no matter who you put in net, they're going to give you a solid performance."
Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg echoed his coach's sentiments and marveled at Khudobin's ability to step up in spot duty.
"We have all the faith in him that he can come in and get the job done," Seidenberg said. "He showed us early on that he was a good goalie and that he'd be ready when we needed him, and he keeps doing that. He communicates with us out there and it's a credit to him that he can come in sometimes after not playing for a while and do what he does. When you're a defenseman I know after not playing a few games I am rusty and it takes a bit, but goalies are different and that's Anton -- he just comes in ready to go."
Khudobin told the media after the game that his confidence is growing every game. He credited his teammates as well as goaltending partner Rask.
"I think every game, I have good confidence," Khudobin said. "You know, just my teammates always helping me before the game, after the game. Just try to play my game. Tuuks, he helps me too."
Khudobin wasn't about to take all the credit for stopping the two-game skid.
"Of course, it's a big win for everybody. ... We played a good third period, and it's just a good win for all of us."
Khudobin was then asked how he felt about his role as backup thus far.
"Good. Everything is fine. Life is good," he said with a smile.
And it will continue to be if he can keep showing his teammates he's always ready to jump in and do his job.