With the injury to center David Krejci, the Boston Bruins called up forward Alexander Khokhlachev from the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League on Thursday. The 5’-10” 172 pound Moscow Russian native played in his second career National Hockey League game last night. The skilled forward has played in 15 games for the AHL Bruins and has posted 5 goals and 11 assists before the call up to Boston
Khokhlachev played very well against the Columbus Bluejackets in his first action with the Bruins this season. Although he was limited to just 9:33 of ice time, he was an effective player while filling in for the ailing Krejci, and was a key contributor at the faceoff dot, winning 67% of the draws. With the Bruins and Bluejackets both earning a point after an unsuccessful five minute overtime tied at three, the young center got an opportunity to showcase his skill in the 7th round of the shootout, with Khokhlachev scoring a “five-hole” goal against Bluejackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to give the Bruins a 4-3 win.