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Khudobin on the Mend

Bruins' netminder working his way back from upper-body injury

by Caryn Switaj @NHLBruins / - Anton Khudobin is in the midst of his recovery and glad to be back traveling with the team. 


He joined the Bruins on their trip to Arizona, Colorado and Minnesota. 


Friday in Arizona marked his first practice skating with the team since suffering an upper-body injury during practice on Oct. 24. He has missed 10 games during that span. 

His estimated recovery time was three weeks, and on Monday (Nov. 14), he hit that mark.


The Bruins were off on Monday in Colorado and will be back on the ice Tuesday for practice at the University of Denver, before flying to Minnesota on Wednesday. 


The teams doesn't have another game until Thursday night at the Xcel Energy Center against the Wild. Zane McIntyre has been serving as backup to Tuukka Rask, who is 2-0-0 on the road trip and improved to 10-1-0 on the season with Sunday night's 2-0 shutout of Colorado. 


McIntyre got into his first NHL action Oct. 25 against Minnesota in relief (Malcolm Subban was the starter), and the started his first NHL game on Oct. 26, before facing the Canadiens in Montreal on Nov. 8. 


Regardless of Khudobin's exact timetable now, the netminder is just glad to be back with his teammates.


"Feeling awesome. It's great to be back and skating with the guys," Khudobin said on Friday after a full skate. 


Before joining the team on the trip, the netminder had been skating before practices with Goaltending Coach Bob Essensa, mostly doing drills with pad saves, to work his way back. 


"I was just skating by myself and working on my legs pretty much so nothing really crazy; just working on conditioning too and trying to get back fully ready," said Khudodin. "So nothing really, but skating with the guys, it's more fun and it's such an amazing time."


Presumably, if all goes well, Khudobin will get in at least two more practices this week with the team on Tuesday and Wednesday. 


For now, he remains on Injured Reserve and his status is deemed as just practicing with the team and nothing else. 


"It just depends, I'm going to talk to trainers you know, and see how everything's going and if everything's going to be all right, then hopefully soon I'm going to be in the lineup," said Khudobin. "So it's totally just up to my body, how it's going to feel, how it's going to work on the ice, so that's pretty much it."


He's certainly itching to get back, even if returning to the lineup means sitting at the end of the bench in his backup capacity, with the way Rask has been playing.


Khudobin has started two games so far this season, on Oct. 15 in Toronto (4-1 loss) and Oct. 22 against Montreal (4-2 loss). 


Rask became the second goalie in Bruins' history to win 10 of his first 11 appearances in a season with Sunday's win over Colorado (Gerry Cheevers also did it in 1676-77). 


The Bruins have a fairly light week coming up, with days off between games against Minnesota, Winnipeg and St. Louis, before their next back-to-back on Nov. 24-25 with a game in Ottawa and then in Boston against Calgary. 


Rask would play every game if he needed to, but Khudobin is pushing to get back to form and provide the relief for Rask that he knows he can. 

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