The Boston Bruins needed a big-time performance from goalie Anton Khudobin on Tuesday, and they got one. The netminder earned his sixth career shutout as the Bruins pulled away with a pair of late goals to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 to improve to 17-10-5 on the season.
Khudobin made 36 saves total, including a whopping 17 in the first period alone. Forced to tighten up on defense against the fresher Sabres, the Bruins found themselves under siege for much of the action. But fortunately, Khudobin was there to make the stops whenever called upon.
Rookie winger Jake DeBrusk notched his eighth goal of the season at 10:14 of the second period to put the Bruins up 1-0. Streaking down the right side of the Buffalo zone, he fired a snipe from the faceoff dot past Sabres goalie Robin Lehner and into the top-right corner.
The goal gave the 21-year-old DeBrusk 11 points in his last 11 games, and 18 in 28 games on the season.
Tim Schaller delivered a dagger with an empty-net score late in the third, flipping a bank-shot off the boards that floated all the way down into the Sabres’ goal. It was just Schaller’s fourth goal of the season, giving him eight points total in 32 games.
David Backes fired another empty-netter with just 30 seconds left in regulation to officially put the game out of reach.
Anton Khudobin Gets Some Help
The Bruins’ skaters also chipped in with some big stops of their own against the Sabres’ barrage. Noel Acciari took a hard shot late in the third period to help spur Schaller’s empty netter, while defensemen Torey Krug and Charlie McAvoy each blocked shots in close proximity to the net.
Boston has now won two in a row after Monday’s blowout win over Columbus, and have won five of their last seven games.
UP NEXT: The Bruins head back to TD Garden on Thursday night for a home matchup against the Winnipeg Jets (19-10-5). Anton Khudobin may very well have earned himself another start with his performance in Buffalo.