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By: Mark Allred ( @BlackAndGold277 )
Boston Bruins backup goaltender Anton Khudobin returned to game action last night and struggled to help the AHL Providence Bruins to a 5-4 shootout win over the Springfield Thunderbirds. The 30-year-old Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan native was sent to Providence on a conditioning assignment after missing almost a month due to an upper-body (arm/wrist) injury suffered during a practice session held at the Warrior Ice Arena training facility in Allston-Brighton, Massachusetts back on October 24, 2016. In the shootout win over the Thunderbirds, Khudobin stopped 34 of 38 shots to give the Providence team it’s fifth win in 15 games.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 19, 2016
Khudobin last saw game action on October 22, 2016, when he got the start in the crease during a 4-2 loss to the arch-rival Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. In two games for the NHL Bruins this year, the 5′-11″ 203-pound netminder is 0-2 with a 4.10 goals-against-average and .849 save percentage. The Veteran goaltender was signed as a free-agent to a two-year $1.2 million deal on July 1, 2016.
The Boston Bruins have assigned goaltender Anton Khudobin to the AHL for conditioning – He’ll get the start tonight.https://t.co/mSKyQ97A1T
— Brandon Share-Cohen (@BShareCohen) November 19, 2016
Originally drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the seventh round (206th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, he’s appeared in 102 NHL games and has a career record of 44-44-8, a goals-against-average of 2.45 and .917 save percentage. In 156 career AHL games, he’s posted a 68-62-11 record while compiling a 2.53 goals-against-average and .912 save percentage stats.
Below is a link to watch last night’s highlights between the 5-6-3-1 (14 points) Providence Bruins and the 7-5-2-2 (18 points) Springfield Thunderbird from the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.