Boston Bruins Breakdown: Anton Khudobin’s hot streak comes to an end

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Anton Khudobin
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Anton Khudobin /

The Boston Bruins didn’t have the same luck against the Nashville Predators that they had in the season opener as Anton Khudobin struggled early on.

It was a rough night for the Boston Bruins as they faced the Nashville Predators for the second time this season.

The Bruins didn’t have the same luck versus the Nashville Predators that they had in the season opener. After giving up four straight goals the Bruins couldn’t make up the difference and lost 5-3.

Even in the disappointing result, Charlie McAvoy continued to be the bright spot for this team. He scored his 4th goal of the season on a power play in the second period. McAvoy continues to show that he is an effective two-way defenseman. He seems though to especially excel in the offensive zone. He has a great shot and a great knack for putting the puck right where his teammate’s need it.

David Pastrnak also continues to score at a dazzling pace. He scored his 14th goal of the season to cut the Bruins deficit to one goal in the 3rd period. Pasta has a deadly wrist shot from the faceoff circle and showed it again versus the Predators.

Pastrnak also had a great opportunity early in the game. Just 30 seconds into the game he was able to get behind the defense and was all along in front of Pekka Rinne, but Rinne made a spectacular save. Pasta went through his legs but Rinne sprawled out to make the save. If only he could have lifted the puck a little higher the Bruins could have been up 1-0 and the game could have been completely different.

Khudobin struggles in return

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The magic that Anton Khudobin had during his winning streak this season has vanished. After a failed attempt to get the puck out of their zone Khudobin ended up giving a juicy rebound and Craig Smith was able to put it away for the Predators first goal of the game.

The last goal that Khudobin gave up was the worse. He was 1 on 1 with Kevin Fiala and he just failed to make the save. He bit on Fiala’s first move and it was a shot that definitely could have been saved.

Tuukka Rask then came in to replace the struggling goaltender.

Also, it was another rough game for Torey Krug he was -1 on the night and could have gotten the puck out of the zone on the Predators second goal. In his last five games he is -2 and on the season he is at -9.  He needs to step us his play as he has been the reason for some bad goals this season.

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So it seems the goalie controversy may be over. It is only one game, but if Rask doesn’t struggle on a continuous basis again it seems he will continue to be between the pipes. The Bruins will look to get back on track versus the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.