The Boston Bruins have back-to-back wins, as they held on to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday.
However, there was bad news for the Bruins as forward Matt Beleskey left the game after the first period and didn’t return due to a lower-body injury. The injury occurred as Beleskey was hit by Taylor Fedun as he was cutting across the Buffalo blue line. There was no call on the play.
Beleskey’s right knee collided with Fedun’s hip, as the Buffalo defender pivoted at the last second.
So far, there has been no word on the severity of the injury.
The Bruins beat the Hurricanes, 2-1, in a shootout at TD Garden. Khudobin made 29 saves, plus two more in the shootout, including the game-decider on Jeff Skinner.
It was an encouraging performance by Khudobin, who returned to the Bruins net for the second time since a conditioning stint in the AHL. It was the first time this season that a Boston goalie other than Rask was credited with a win.
“Very good,” head coach Claude Julien said of Khudobin’s play. “He deserves a lot of accolades tonight, for the way he played, the way he responded after being out such a long time. I think the fact that he went to Providence and played some games there really helped him get back on track. Tonight, he showed that he was ready to play.”
Julien added, “No doubt, there’s a lot of confidence that grew in that dressing room by watching his play and knowing that we’ve got two goaltenders that can play extremely well for us.”
The Bruins did not feel they had good enough backup goaltending the past two seasons, both of which ended outside the playoff picture. And so they bid adieu to Niklas Svedberg and Jonas Gustavsson, bringing Khudobin back into the fold on a two-year contract.
Granted, one win isn’t enough to conclude that Khudobin will be fine. He’s now 1-3-0 with a .902 save percentage, and those numbers could still be much better.
But he’ll be back in there soon enough. The Bruins have 15 more games in December, and Rask isn’t going to play them all.
Mason plays like last season, carries Flyers past Bruins
After riding great goaltending to a playoff spot last season, most of the Philadelphia Flyers’ best 2016-17 moments have come despiteSteve Mason and Michal Neuvirth.
Mason turned back the clock about a year against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. It’s one of those performances that might prompt optimistic Flyers fans to wonder if Mason will turn things around going forward.
In a way, his enthusiastic celebration after a 3-2 shootout win seemed a little over-the-top, yet can you really blame him?
For one thing, it’s been a rough ride for Mason, who came into Tuesday with an ugly .892 save percentage and 5-8-3 record. He deserves an enormous share of the credit for this win as the Bruins rattled off a gaudy 47-21 shots on goal advantage.
Mason and Tuukka Rask (19 of 21 saves) were tested often in an exciting shootout after the Bruins stormed back from a 2-0 deficit to send this game beyond regulation.
With two straight wins and home games in four of their next six, this is an opportunity for Mason and the Flyers to build up confidence and standings points. They probably can’t count on Mason to do this every night, yet it was a nice thing to see nonetheless.
Bruins announce John-Michael Liles out indefinitely with concussion
Concussions are never a good thing, but what makes it especially concerning for Liles is he has a history of them throughout his career. He missed time during the 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons due to concussions.
Acquired by the Bruins at the trade deadline a year ago, Liles re-signed with the team over the summer on a one-year, $2 million contract.
He has appeared in 22 games this season mostly playing on the Bruins’ third defensive pairing alongside Colin Miller. He has five assists on the season while averaging just a little more than 16 minutes of ice-time per game.
The Bruins are also without defenseman Zdeno Chara on Tuesday night in Philadelphia. He has not played since Nov. 22 against the St. Louis Blues. With Chara and Liles sidelined it leaves an already thin Bruins defense even more shorthanded.
It’s been a while since the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers butted heads in the playoffs – Simon Gagne wore both teams’ sweaters since then – but it’s possible that these squads might duke it out for a spot this season.
As it stands right now, both the Bruins and Flyers are outside of the East’s top eight, but not by much.
That really sweetens the deal for hockey fans on Tuesday: two teams with history face off, yet they also have plenty to fight for in the present. They also boast the likes of Claude Giroux and Patrice Bergeron on each side.
This kicks off what should be a really fun doubleheader on NBCSN tonight. You can watch online or via the NBC Sports App.