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Now THAT looked more like the Anton Khudobin we know and love!

NHL: Boston Bruins at Los Angeles Kings
Anton Khudobin was Dobby the good elf
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Those who stayed up were rewarded with a Bruins win in Los Angeles, after a deflating call back of what would have been Peter Cehlarik ‘s first NHL goal.

  • The win helps the Bruins as they rally behind their new coach and strive to regain some ground in their push to the playoffs. Riley Nash sat in the press box. Bonus: Enjoy the gallery of photos, which illustrate how physical the game really was. Patriot Ledger
  • The game was a one-goal nail biter until two empty net goals in the final two minutes of the game. Tuukka Rask liked what he saw from the bench. (With game recap video) Boston Herald
  • He parried every shot but one, and Anton Khudobin looked like the backup netminder that the Bruins fondly remember, playing “like the Kazakh version of Tim Thomas...” WEEI Did you know... Dr. Khu’s mom has met Tim Thomas. Instagram
  • Khudobin kept his team in the game during a very trying second period. It looked like two players would score their first NHL goals last night, but Peter Cehlarik ‘s was called back. Boston Globe
  • The Timmyheads were happy to see Tim Schaller return to action against the Kings, he is using the healthy scratch in Anaheim as a learning experience. Austin Czarnik and Joe Morrow were sent to Providence. Boston Globe
  • Is this the end of the road for Morrow with the Bruins? Is he being conditioned in Providence ahead of a trade? South Coast Today
  • Meanwhile, in the NHL standings, the Bruins are not in the playoff picture right now despite the success of their California road trip. Boston Globe
  • If the Bruins were to still target a backup netminder for the team, here are some options. The Score
  • It looks like curtains for Zac Rinaldo with the Bruins. No he didn’t receive a lifetime suspension- he will have season-ending surgery. CBS Sports
  • As the Bruins fly off to Dallas, the Stars they face on Sunday afternoon are a mere shadow of what they appeared to be earlier this season. What went wrong? Dallas News

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • If the NHL Department of Player Safety wants to eliminate bad hits, they need to change their focus from protecting the rights of accused players to the physical safety of all players. TSN
  • For teams willing to gamble, here are six available NHLers that might pay off as acquisitions for the right price. Or not. Sportsnet
  • Ice quality is causing much grumblegrumblegrumble among NHL players. Is it bad and getting worse? ESPN
  • It’s Friday. Let’s take a fond look back at the best scenes from ‘Slap Shot’ along with a visit to iconic landmarks from the film’s location, Johnstown, PA. (With video) ESPN Speaking of which, one former NHLer landed a cameo in the film by being in the right place at the right time. Vice Sports