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Sports Stars praise Khudobin after dominant Game 1: 'He’s been a rock for us'

10:16  20 september  2020
10:16  20 september  2020 Source:   thescore.com

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" He ’ s been a rock for us all playoffs, it was no different tonight," Stars forward Blake Comeau said following the 4- 1 win, according to NBC Sports' Sean Every time we ’ve needed a big save, he ’ s been there for us ." Khudobin is now 9- 1 with a .930 save percentage when facing 30 or more shots in a

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Dallas Stars netminder Anton Khudobin continues to bolster his Conn Smythe Trophy case after another incredible performance against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The 34-year-old turned aside 35 shots - including all 22 he faced in the third period - to secure his fourth straight victory and sixth in his previous seven starts.

"He’s been a rock for us all playoffs, it was no different tonight," Stars forward Blake Comeau said following the 4-1 win, according to NBC Sports' Sean Leahy.

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"We got into penalty trouble there in the third and he was there to bail us out, and that’s been the storyline this playoffs. Every time we’ve needed a big save, he’s been there for us."

Khudobin is now 9-1 with a .930 save percentage when facing 30 or more shots in a game this postseason, according to Sportsnet Stats.

His biggest save of Saturday's contest came in the final minutes of the second period, as he reached back to deny Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli during a mad scramble in front of the net. The Stars would add a goal to make it 3-1 just moments later.

Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, who scored the eventual game-winning goal in the second period, said the club has been riding the momentum of Khudobin's hot play all postseason.

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"His play’s been speaking for itself," Oleksiak said. "It looks like whenever he’s out there, he’s just having fun. I think we’re feeding off that energy. He’s been great. I can’t say enough about him."

Khudobin stifled the high-powered Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference Final, recording a .950 save percentage while allowing just 10 goals during the five-game series.

Off the ice, the 5-foot-11 puck-stopper appears to be using his unique sense of humor to keep his teammates loose:

Khudobin will look to pick up his 14th win of the playoffs in Game 2 on Monday after recording just 16 victories during the regular season while serving as the backup to starter Ben Bishop.

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Report: Stars want to re-sign Khudobin .
The Dallas Stars are hoping to retain the goaltender who carried them to the Stanley Cup Final. Stars general manager Jim Nill contacted Anton Khudobin's agent, Kent Hughes, on Thursday to convey the club's interest in re-signing him, sources told The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. "We plan to speak with Jim and will try to make it happen," Hughes told LeBrun on Friday. Keeping Khudobin would not necessarily mean trading Ben Bishop, according to LeBrun, as the Stars intend to keep both members of their goalie duo in the fold.Khudobin excelled throughout the playoffs in place of Bishop, posting a .

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