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"Black & Gold in Black & White"

Bruins team photographer Brian Babineau wows us again, with a collection of photos taken throughout the 2013-14 season.

View Gallery: http://bbru.in/1mhQLru

If this doesn’t get you excited for the upcoming postseason…

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#NHLBruins Olympic Trifecta.

#NHLBruins Olympic Trifecta.

Gold, Silver and Bronze for Bruins

BostonBruins.com - As the Winter Olympics wrapped up in Sochi on Sunday, three Bruins had been awarded medals.

Patrice Bergeron helped Canada win back-to-back gold, as they defeated Sweden 3-0 in Game No. 30 of the 12-day tournament.

Bruins teammate Loui Eriksson had his sights set on gold, but will still be coming back to Boston with the confidence of a silver medal playing for his country.

A day prior, Tuukka Rask had backstopped Finland to the bronze.

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Getting to Know Tuukka

Check out the latest “Getting to Know” video with Tuukka Rask at the link above or by clicking here.

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More than halfway through the season, Rask’s Q&A is the 15th video we’ve filmed so far. The segment started fairly organically back in August when we visited Jarome Iginla in British Columbia before he first suited up in the Spoked-B, and has kind of taken on a life of its own.

For us, it often breaks up the monotony of the everyday postpractice, pregame and postgame interviews with the team that we package in our “Bruins Beat” reports.

Something I’ve learned? No matter the questions/answers (and how serious or lighthearted - or ridiculous - they may be), a piece of the Bruin’s personality always shines through, and that is the ultimate goal.

The interviews usually last longer than the 2-3 minute videos that end up on BostonBruinsTV.com. That means there are often a few questions and answers that don’t make it in. So, I figured there’s no better time than the Olympic Break to go back through the footage.

We’ll start by filling in the “Getting to Know Tuukka”…

Favorite band and type of music?
[No hesitation here.] “Favorite band’s got to be Metallica, but I’m pretty much everything goes for me, music-wise. I’m mostly classic rock, rock, metal, that’s my first selection.”

Play an instrument?
"I play drums, and a little bit of guitar."

So, if we had a drum set here right now in the locker room, what would you play?
"I don’t know, I don’t really play songs…I just jam. But a song from Metallica, Seek and Destroy."

Is that your favorite song?
"I’d say it’s a pretty good song, it’s up there."

If if I had you make a band with other guys in this room right now, is there anyone you would choose to put in your group?
"Johnny, he can play guitar. Then Looch and Bart can sing - well I don’t know if they can sing, but they like to sing, so those three at least."

[Johnny Boychuk was soon standing right by the camera. “He’s putting you in his band,” I said. “Well, yeah, he’s smart,” said Johnny. “Lead guitarist,” Tuukka told him.]

If you’re not playing hockey, would you be a drummer?
"Oh I don’t know, being a rock star would probably be nice, would be really draining but - rockstar, or soccer player or tennis player."

So, favorite non-hockey sports, soccer and tennis?
"Yeah, and golf, have to put golf up there, too."

David said soccer, too. Could you beat him?
"One-on-one?"

How about in two-touch?
"Yeah, yeah, I can juggle the ball [better than] most of the team, I would say."

Before hockey was on the radar, what was your first job?
[Well, I first blindly started ‘how’d you make your first dollar?’ to which the smirking netminder gestured, ‘well, we didn’t have dollars in Finland.’ FYI, would have been the markka and then euro going into his paycheck back then…]
"But I was a stagehand in the local opera festival when I was 15, so that was my first job. Just changing the stage and helping out everybody, just kind of a handyman, so to say. You know, 15 years old, you’re kind of trying to do whatever people say to do, just staying out of the way, so just changing the stages and helping people out."

Have a recent movie recommendation?
"Yeah, Anchorman 2, probably that. [Funny?] Yeah, it was really good."

Speed boat or fishing boat?
"Speed boat."

Bart would probably be more the fishing boat type, huh?
"Yeah, I don’t fish too much. Speed boat, or jet ski."

[Props to No. 40 for responding to this last one…]

Would you rather have every game end in a shootout or spend an entire practice taking Zdeno Chara slapshots from the faceoff circle?

"Every game?"

Yes.

"Zee’s slapshots. He doesn’t shoot that hard."

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Tuukka Time in NYC

NEW YORK, NY - Tuukka Rask’s night out in New York City started with three quick stops in the first two minutes, and ended with 43 saves on 44 shots in the Bruins’ 2-1 win over the New York Rangers.

It was a grind for the group in front of him, on their heels for much of the game, and playing with just five defensemen for the final 58 minutes.

Dennis Seidenberg had left after just one shift at Madison Square Garden, and did not return with a lower body injury.

"Tuukka, he played unbelievable and held us in there. I don’t know how many breakaways he had, including a penalty shot. So I think if it wasn’t for him again, it could have been a completely different outcome."

- Shawn Thornton

To read the rest of the postgame story, click the link above or here.

Tuukka Rask poses with Chewbacca the Dachshund from the MSPCA for the Pucks & Pups 2014 Bruins calendar. Head to BostonBruins.com for more information and video from the photo shoot.

Tuukka Rask poses with Chewbacca the Dachshund from the MSPCA for the Pucks & Pups 2014 Bruins calendar. Head to BostonBruins.com for more information and video from the photo shoot.

Cool Hand Tuukk Stays Hot for Bruins - Boston Bruins - Blog

BostonBruins.com - Tuukka Rask has the best career goals-against average and save percentage of all active NHL goaltenders who have played in 25 or more games.

Throughout his 146-game NHL career (heading into October 26 vs New Jersey), Rask has allowed an average of 2.10 goals per game and has saved, on average, .928 of the 4,004 shots that he has faced.

You love challenges as a goalie. You want to challenge yourself every day and every game, and push yourself - and that’s about it.

- Tuukka Rask

To read the rest of the feature on the Bruins icy-veined netminder, click the link above or click here.

Found a new shooting partner for Tuukka yesterday during the “Back-to-School Celebration” at TD Garden…
Rask is indeed back in Boston and training for camp in September, and he and his teammates will soon be hitting the ice. But this day at the ‘Gahden’ was for over 4,000 Boston-area kids to get to have some fun playing hockey, learning about health, and picking up school supplies and backpacks for the upcoming school year.
The event was sponsored by the B’s Foundation, and was a collaboration among Garden Neighborhood Charities, Salvation Army and the City of Boston. Bruins Principal & Alternate Governor Charlie Jacobs was here to kick off the festivities, along with Mayor Menino. More about the day can be found here on BostonBruins.com.
School’s almost back in session, which means, hockey isn’t too far behind…^CS

Found a new shooting partner for Tuukka yesterday during the “Back-to-School Celebration” at TD Garden…

Rask is indeed back in Boston and training for camp in September, and he and his teammates will soon be hitting the ice. But this day at the ‘Gahden’ was for over 4,000 Boston-area kids to get to have some fun playing hockey, learning about health, and picking up school supplies and backpacks for the upcoming school year.

The event was sponsored by the B’s Foundation, and was a collaboration among Garden Neighborhood Charities, Salvation Army and the City of Boston. Bruins Principal & Alternate Governor Charlie Jacobs was here to kick off the festivities, along with Mayor Menino. More about the day can be found here on BostonBruins.com.

School’s almost back in session, which means, hockey isn’t too far behind…

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Tuukka's Taken the Reigns

BostonBruins.com - Tuukka Rask will be a Boston Bruin between the pipes until at least the 2020-21 season.

After signing a new, eight-year contract with the Black & Gold, the goaltender addressed media via conference call on Thursday from Finland, where he’s relaxing and regrouping for the 2013-14 season, one that will mark the first of his long-term status. The contract comes on the heels of a solidifying season, in which he took the reigns of the No. 1 role.

Rask gave opening remarks, first and foremost, thanking the organization for giving him the opportunity to be a Bruin in the first place.

"We all know it’s a huge honor to play for the Bruins and I’ve had such a great time throughout my years with the Bruins," he said. "I’m looking forward to keep that going and hopefully bring the Cup back to Boston where it belongs."

Before the long-term deal, Rask had infamously said it would be ideal, of course, to be a Bruin “forever.”

Read the full feature by clicking here or on the link above.

Tuukka Time

BostonBruins.com - “That would be an ideal situation, I think, to play here forever. I hope we can make that happen.”

Those were Tuukka Rask's words to Boston reporters gathered near his stall at TD Garden during the team's “break-up day” on June 26 before they parted ways for the offseason.

Rask was set to become a restricted free agent on July 5. He joked that day he was heading to his general manager’s office to take care of the paperwork.

"I am going to go see Peter right now. Have it signed by this afternoon?" he had quipped.

Fast forward two weeks to July 10, five days after the Bruins’ starting goaltender became an RFA, and the goaltender is now locked up for the foreseeable future with a new eight-year contract that will keep him a Bruin until at least 2020-21, when he turns 34.

Read the full feature by clicking here or on the link above.