The Dallas Stars’ longest road trip of the season to date has given fans their first really good look at Anton Khudobin in Victory Green. The netminder has contributed mightily to the team’s recent road momentum and helped them pull out a crucial point in last night’s frenetic 2-1 overtime loss to his former squad, the Boston Bruins.
Sean Shapiro wrote about Khudobin for The Athletic DFW. And he reveals that the guy with a Harry Potter character airbrushed on his mask has his own way of being “goalie-weird”:
We often think of the weird goalies as the ones who are quiet and reclusive, particularly on game day. The ones who give off the eccentric mastermind vibe — you get out of their way and don’t want to mess with their mojo.
Khudobin is on the opposite end of the spectrum. He’s the talker, the comedian, and sometimes a self-appointed assistant coach that never shuts up. It’s a trait that both endears him to his teammates and provides some comedic relief.
“I talk to a lot of goalies, like you said, they like to be in their own zone,” Khudobin said. “So they can sit there and relax and do whatever. I’m kind of the opposite way, I like to be with the guys. Even if I’m not playing, I want to be chatting with our guys and our staff and chatting with forwards. Defenseman. I can help them.”
Goalie coach Jeff Reese says that’s just one reason why Dobby’s style works so well:
“Obviously that’s great for his teammates, but another thing that does is keeps him involved if he has to go into the game,” Reese said. “He’s not just sitting there looking around twiddling his thumbs. I think it’s good, that’s all part of bringing energy to the team. I don’t go into the locker room, but he’s probably talking in between periods, too.”
There’s more under the paywall. [The Athletic DFW]
Sean also brings you the last word from Dobby after last night’s game:
Khudobin on how to re-set for second game of back-to-back:— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) November 6, 2018
"Say a couple swear words. Maybe break a stick against the wall. And go on the plane, watch some TV. Come back say a couple other swear words, whatever, maybe yell at somebody, and go to sleep."
The team was understandably unhappy about the penalties that helped wreck their evening.
Jim Montgomery shared his thoughts after the loss.
Monty didn't think the team had their best legs tonight but he did think Khudobin played great and saved a lot of quality shots. pic.twitter.com/DZ2cMQL3Cs— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) November 6, 2018
Mike Heika points to the importance of defensive depth in hard-fought games like the one in Boston. [Dallas Stars]
What do you call a point you get for losing in OT? A point.
Around the League(s)
It was otherwise quiet on the #MurderDeathKill front last night, so let’s get to the other headlines:
November (a.k.a. Movember) is also Hockey Fights Cancer month, and Brian Boyle has started it off with a leap from the Marshall stack with flashbangs going off around him.
Amazing.— ESPN (@espn) November 6, 2018
New Jersey Devil Brian Boyle was diagnosed with leukemia last year. Tonight, he got his first career hat trick ... on Hockey Fights Cancer night.pic.twitter.com/dsGDpX9Sk3
Pekka Rinne’s two-year, two-way extension with the Nashville Predators is that rare win that benefits both him and his heir apparent, Juuse Saros.
Nashville signs Pekka Rinne to a very solid contract extension: https://t.co/tboVZr7HkZ— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) November 5, 2018
Also at THN: Yanni Gourde’s new contract is a fall feel-good story, but was it wise for the Tampa Bay Lightning to do his deal before they locked up Brayden Point?
There's nothing wrong with Yanni Gourde's new contract. But by signing him before Brayden Point, the cap-crunched Lightning risk creating next year's William Nylander saga. Blog: https://t.co/8hSuu90sLF pic.twitter.com/fngH486YUL— Matt Larkin (@THNMattLarkin) November 2, 2018
Jets’ Brendan Lemieux suspended two games for illegal hit to head https://t.co/ziM87pGqr3— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) November 5, 2018
Or, what happens when Matt Duchene blurts out “I haven’t paid attention in three weeks” in a grainy webcam video.
To all my NFL friends out there.. the Ottawa Senators are the Cleveland Browns of the NHL. They might even out-Browns the Browns. https://t.co/EIe20BWxcK— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) November 6, 2018
Willie Desjardins doesn’t promise any magic solutions to the Kings' woes, but plans to impress urgency upon his new players https://t.co/IzfJN8lCy7— SI NHL (@SI_NHL) November 6, 2018
The NHL is feeling the fallout from New Jersey’s legalization of sports betting.
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Goalies Colton Point and Philippe Desrosiers are trading places as the Texas Stars announce a few roster changes. [Texas Stars]
Austin Metro fans, here’s your chance to hang out with Ondrej Vala and Benjamin Gleason.
Don't miss the first Texas Stars Player Appearance of the season!— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) November 5, 2018
Head over to Mighty Fine Burgers at the Whitestone Blvd location to meet Benjamin Gleason and Ondrej Vala. The #txstars players will be there from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Come rain or shine, we don't mind! pic.twitter.com/BBAy6WMgDl
A friendly reminder to check before you wreck on those icy Canadian roads. Enjoy.
Your vehicle is not as skilled on ice as Connor McDavid. Your tires are not skates. You cannot speed down a wintery road and expect your vehicle to make a hockey stop.— Edmonton Police (@edmontonpolice) November 2, 2018
Please drive according to the road conditions and your comfort. #yeg #yegtraffic