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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.


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.


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.