Bruins top Hurricanes 2-1 in shootout
BOSTON (AP) — Anton Khudobin made a couple big plays at key moments for the Boston Bruins, and celebrated accordingly.
Khudobin pumped his fists after the Bruins finished off a 2-1 shootout win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night for the goaltender’s first victory of the season.
“He deserves a lot of accolades tonight, the way he played, the way he responded after being out such a long time,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said.
Khudobin has been hampered by an upper-body injury, and Tuukka Rask is Boston’s starting goaltender. Khudobin was recalled last Friday from Providence of the AHL after a brief conditioning assignment and then made 27 saves in a 2-1 loss to Calgary, dropping to 0-3 this season.
Ryan Spooner and David Pastrnak scored for Boston in the shootout. Jeff Skinner’s bid to extend the tiebreaker fell short when he was stopped by Khudobin.
Skinner also was turned away by Khudobin on a breakaway in the closing seconds of overtime.
“It’s the chances you have early in the game, the breakaways in the game, a breakaway in overtime,” Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. “You have to figure it out and make the big-time play.”
Carolina blew a two-goal lead against the Rangers in its previous game.
“We have to find ways to win these games no matter who we are playing,” Hurricanes forward Derek Ryan said. “It’s frustrating but that’s a hockey season ... you go up and you go down.”
Torey Krug scored in the third period for Boston, and Khudobin finished with 29 saves. Pastrnak made a pair of dekes and slipped the puck past Cam Ward for the winning goal.
“I don’t think anyone here thinks they played their best game tonight, but to get the two points is huge,” Bruins forward Matt Beleskey said.
Jacob Slavin scored in the shootout for Carolina, which lost for the fourth time in five games.
Krug was credited with the tying goal with 28.5 seconds remaining after Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen kicked the puck past Ward.
Hurricanes defenseman and Boston native Noah Hanifin scored at 7:37 of the first period on a slap shot from the blue line.
Hanifin’s first of the season came right after Carolina blew a 3-on-0 rush when Skinner missed a point-blank opportunity.
Ward made 34 saves and stoned the Bruins on several chances in overtime, including a nice stop on Krug 50 seconds in.
Carolina hasn’t won a regulation game against the Bruins in over three years.
NOTES: Pastrnak and David Krejci also notched assists for Boston, which improved to 6-6 at home. ... Bruins D Zdeno Chara missed his fifth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Skinner has seven points in his last eight games. ... Hanifin has two goals and two assists in four games against the Bruins. ... Boston has earned points in 10 straight games against Carolina.
Hurricanes: Visit the New York Rangers on Saturday.
Bruins: Visit the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.