Goalie Khudobin called up from Providence

BOSTON -- In preparation for the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Bruins on Monday recalled goaltender Anton Khudobin from Providence of the AHL.

Bruins backup goalie Tuukka Rask, who suffered a groin/abdominal injury on March 3, is expected to return to the practice ice at some point this week. Boston has only three regular-season games remaining, and current backup Marty Turco is not eligible to play in the postseason since the team signed him as a free agent after the NHL trade deadline.

That means if Rask is not game ready for the start of the playoffs, Khudobin will serve as backup to starter Tim Thomas.

This is Khudobin’s first recall to Boston this season. He posted a 21-19-3 record in 44 games with Providence this season to go with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.

Khudobin has appeared in six career NHL games, all with the Minnesota Wild. He was originally selected by Minnesota in the seventh round (206th overall) in the 2004 draft. He was traded to Boston in exchange for Jeff Penner and Mikko Lehtonen on Feb. 28, 2011.

Khudobin served as the Bruins’ emergency backup goaltender during the playoffs last season.