Anton Khudobin has started eight games for the Boston Bruins this season and after tonight’s 3-2 shootout win at the New Jersey Devils, he has earned at least one point in all of his starts.
As the road team, traditionally you want to get off to a fast start and that is exactly what the Bruins did. Jake DeBrusk got the Bruins on the board just 1:25 into the game by firing a wrist shot from the right dot over the stick of Cory Schneider, off the far post and in the net for his fifth goal of the season. Matt Grzelcyk had the lone assist on the play for his first career NHL point, becoming the fifth Bruin to score his first career point this season.
Patrice Bergeron doubled the Bruins lead at the 11:02 mark with his fifth goal of the season. David Patrnak grabbed a loose puck just inside the blue line, drove up the right side and sent a pass between three Devils to Bergeron below the left circle for a one-timer. Dalton Heinen was credited with the secondary assist, his seventh helper on the year.
The Devils got one of the goals back on the power play with less than three minutes remaining in opening frame. Jesper Bratt got to a loose puck while Zdano Chara and Brian Boyle battled in the crease and swept it in behind Anton Khudobin. Bruce Cassidy challenged the play for goaltender interference, but goal was upheld after a quick review.
It was starting to look like Khudobin would make those two first period goals hold up, but Brian Gibbons tied the game with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. Just as Kevan Miller was getting out of the penalty box, Rob O’Gara’s clearing attempt along the boards was intercepted by Damon Severson and his wrister from the blue line was redirected by Gibbons out front for his team-leading 10th goal.
The Bruins were outshot 15-3 in the third period so just getting the game to overtime for a point was a major accomplishment.
The game went into a lengthy shootout. After Taylor Hall and David Pastrnak scored early, Charlie McAvoy ended the game in the 11th round to extend the Bruins winning streak to three games.
The story of the night was Khudobin who may 40 saves to improve his record to 6-0-2 on the season. It will be very hard to keep him off the ice for Friday afternoon’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.