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Bruins Notebook: Anton Khudobin disappoints in loss to Colorado

December 9, 2016 GMT

Goaltending wasn’t the only problem facing the Bruins last night, coach Claude Julien pointed out. But for those who might not have been watching, goaltending definitely was an issue as Anton Khudobin allowed four goals on 22 shots.

“We needed some saves (last night). We didn’t get them. He’s got to be better,” said Julien after the 4-2 loss to Colorado.

It marked the third time in five starts that Khudobin allowed four goals. He’s 1-4 with a 3.02 goals-against average and an .888 save percentage. When the B’s signed him to a two-year deal, they thought they were getting a solid backup to take some of the burden off of Tuukka Rask’s shoulders in games like last night, the second half of a back-to-back. He had done the job well in his previous tour with the B’s in 2013, posting a 9-4-1 record, a .920 save percentage and a 2.32 GAA in the 2013 season.

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He struggled in his first two starts this season, then suffered a hand injury that made him unavailable for 13 games. He was solid in his return, allowing a total of three goals in two games. But last night was a backslide.

“Four goals is too much. That’s it,” said a less-than-loquacious Khudobin, who pretty much agreed with Julien’s assessment.

He said he was a little too hyped up for the game.

“Too much energy,” said Khudobin. “I just had a lot of energy and I think it just didn’t work out my way.”

Blast pays off

Colin Miller has a cannon for a shot, that much we all know. But it seems too often he either does not have a lane or he hesitates a split second to let it rip. That was not the case on his tying goal on Wednesday, when he pounded a one-timer off a great Austin Czarnik pass past Capitals goalie Braden Holtby.

“I think I’m getting shots, I think it’s more about hitting the net,” said Miller. “The power play is doing a good job of feeding me the puck there. And if I can get over to (David Pastrnak), too … but I don’t know. Just hit the net and hope for the best.”

No reward for pain

Tim Schaller looked like a lot worse for the wear after being checked face-first into the boards by the Caps’ Jakub Vrana on Wednesday. He was sporting stitches on the bridge of his nose, which didn’t seem to bother him much. He would have liked a Bruins power play out of the exchange, though.

“I came back to the bench and was surprised that it was still 5-on-5,” said Schaller. “I saw the hit over again and I thought it was definitely from behind. I think there should have been a call, but that’s how the game goes sometimes.” …

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The last two games have produced some ugly numbers for a few players. Brandon Carlo is minus-4 in the two contests while David Krejci and David Backes are both minus-5. …

With the setback, the Bruins have now lost 11 straight to Colorado at the Garden, dating back to March 30, 1998.

“I like playing here,” said Matt Duchene, who scored the Avs’ first goal. “I enjoy it. It’s a good atmosphere, Original Six team. It’s exciting. … This is a pretty historic franchise and it’s always great to play against a franchise like this.”