Bruins' Anton Khudobin Proves A Dependable Backup For Rask

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Anton Khudobin. (Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Anton Khudobin's been awfully good for the Bruins when he's had the opportunity to back up Tuukka Rask.

He won a pair of road games last week and he's lost just one of his last 8 starts in regulation with a 1-85 goals-against-average.

His teammate Torey Krug's appreciated his goalie's efforts.

"He's important," Krug said. "The last couple of games he's been in, he's done a great job for us coming through. We're a little sloppy or a little sleepy, and you need your goalie to be your best penalty killer certain nights, and he definitely was. He obviously made those big stops when he could."

Rask is a ridiculous 19-1-and-2 his last 23 appearances and he'll be back in the crease tonight when the Bruins host the Flames. The vet's never lost in regulation in the match-up, with a 1-61 goals-against-average and .940 save percentage.

Calgary has points in 15 of 18, but starting goalie Mike Smith's out with a lower body injury, so rookie David Rittich will get the nod instead. He's helped his club to points in 7 of his 8 starts.

Former Boston College standout Johnny Gaudreau plays for the Flames. He was named the NHL's second star of the week Monday.

The puck drops at 7.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports

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