Generally whenever anyone thinks about Bruins-Stars connections, it’s all about Tyler Seguin and the trade that sent him from Boston to Dallas seven years ago.
But this postseason, all eyes from around the hockey world have been on another former Bruin now in Dallas: Anton Khudobin.
Khudobin, who had two stints in Boston as a backup goalie from 2011-13 and 2016-18, took over as the Stars’ starting netminder at the beginning of this postseason as regular starter Ben Bishop worked his way back from a mysterious injury.
As Bishop has continued to battle said mysterious injury, all Khudobin has done is lead Dallas to three series victories and a berth in the Stanley Cup Final.
Khudobin is now 12-6 in the playoffs with a .920 save percentage and 2.62 goals against average. He did his best work in the Western Conference Finals, posting a .950 save percentage in the Stars’ five-game victory over the Vegas Golden Knights.
In Monday night’s series-clinching Game 5 win, he stopped 34 of the 36 shots he faced as Dallas came from behind to win 3-2 in overtime.
For his effort, Khudobin earned the Stars’ victory chain that’s handed out in the dressing room after the game, which led to an all-time great soundbite and video clip.
“We’re not going home!” Khudobin exclaimed in a thick Russian accent.
How can you not root for this guy?
Khudobin and the Stars now await the winner of Lightning-Islanders, a series Tampa Bay currently leads 3-1.