Khudobin stops 38 shots to lead Wild to win over FlyersMinnesota Sports
- Anton Khudobin's first career start was a successful one, as the Russian stopped 38-of-39 shots to lead Minnesota over Philadelphia, 2-1, at Xcel Energy Center Saturday.
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Anton Khudobin's first career start was a successful one, as the Russian stopped 38-of-39 shots to lead Minnesota over Philadelphia, 2-1, at Xcel Energy Center.
The 23-year-old earned his second pro victory, just two days after winning his first NHL game in relief of injured goaltender Josh Harding by stopping nine shots against Edmonton.
Owen Nolan and Cal Clutterbuck tallied for the Wild, who improved to 8-0-1 in their last nine home contests.
"Our goaltender was great tonight. He was the difference in the game," said Wild head coach Todd Richards. "We would have liked to have started the game with a couple soft ones to work into it, but they came out strong. He couldn't sit at the edge of the pool and dip his toes in -- he had to jump right in."
Daniel Carcillo notched the lone score for the Flyers, who dropped two in a row to end their three-game road trip.
"I liked the first period; we had lots of opportunities," said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. "In the second period, we took penalties. We got our legs going a little bit at the end, but they didn't drop. We need to count them."
Starting in place of Ray Emery who was sidelined with a hip injury, Michael Leighton took the loss despite making 28 saves.
Clutterbuck capitalized off a Flyers turnover for a 1-0 Wild edge with 4:23 left in the first, but Carcillo batted a rebound out of the air to tie the score 16 seconds later.
After misfiring on a power play, Nolan gave Minnesota back the lead when he pushed the rebound of an Eric Belanger shot off Leighton's glove and in with 8:12 to play in the second.
The Flyers failed to score on a 3-on-1 shorthanded rush almost nine minutes into the third period, when Mike Richards elected to shoot and hit Khudobin's breadbasket. Philadelphia then came up empty on an advantage after the midway point of the period.
Leighton went to the bench for an extra skater with 1:48 remaining, and despite several chances in close, Khudobin and the Wild held on for the win.
Minnesota has not lost at home in regulation since January 2 against New Jersey...The Flyers fell to 1-2-1 at Minnesota since the Wild entered the league in 2000...Philly forward Simon Gagne, who assisted on Carcillo's goal, has gone 11 games without scoring...Nolan's score was his 420th career tally.