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Canes' Khudobin gets top NHL honor

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The National Hockey League announced Monday that Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Anton Khudobin has been named the league's First Star for the month of January, only the fourth time in Hurricanes history that a member of the team has earned the league's player of the month honor.

Khudobin, 27, matched a Hurricanes franchise record for wins in a month in January with 10, registering a goals-against average of 2.19 and save percentage of .927 in 14 games.

A native of Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, Khudobin is 12-4-0 with a 2.16 goals-against average and .927 save percentage this season for Carolina after signing as a free agent in July 2013.

Khudobin was originally drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the seventh round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, and has a career NHL record of 26-9-1 with a 2.09 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in 38 games with Minnesota, Boston and Carolina.

This marks the fourth time a Carolina Hurricanes player has been named the league's player of the month, and the first since Cam Ward was named First Star for March 2009. Goaltender Arturs Irbe was the NHL's Player of the Month in October 1998 and center Eric Staal was named the league's offensive player of the month in October 2005. Only one member of the Hartford Whalers was ever named the NHL's Player of the Month – Mike Rogers in December 1980.

The award comes a day after the Canes recalled Cam Ward from a two-game stint in the minor leagues after an injury. Ward has missed 14 games with a lower body injury. Prior to the injury, Ward had posted a 6-7-5 record, a 3.15 goals-against average and an .895 save percentage in 19 games with Carolina this season.

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