Tuukka Rask, Patrice Bergeron Claim NHL Awards


Oct 3, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) congratulates goalie Tuukka Rask (40) after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Tuukka Rask and Bergeron Represent Bruins

Even though the salary cap standing isn’t ideal, Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins organization definitely have something to cheer about, with goaltender Tuukka Rask and forward Patrice Bergeron snagging respective awards at the NHL ceremony in Vegas.

Bergeron started out by winning the NHL 15 cover vote and was then challenged by Chicago Blackhawks’ captain Jonathan Toews and Los Angeles Kings’ standout Anze Kopitar for the Selke Trophy.

But Bergeron edged both of them, sealing first place in the trophy running with 112 first-place votes (1,283 points). Kopitar finished in the second spot (840 points), while Toews sat in third (624 points). Last season, the longtime Bruins missed out on the accolade, as the talented forward from the Windy City took home the hardware.

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The veteran Black and Gold center ended the 2013-14 season with the third-best faceoff percentage, 56.8, in the league, as well as the NHL’s No.2 plus-minus statistic, plus-38.

On the defensive end, Zdeno Chara gained some votes in the Norris Trophy voting, but unfortunately, he couldn’t surpass Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks, amassing 1,033 points to Chara’s 667 to lock up the victory.

However, the Bruins wouldn’t come up empty with Rask as a Vezina nominee. The 27-year-old goalie notched 103 points to beat out second-place Semyon Varlamov (90 points) and third-place Ben Bishop (32 points).

Rask’s .930 save percentage and his 2.04 GAA ranked first amongst goaltenders with a minimum of 40 appearances. It’s his only Vezina Trophy.

Bergy captured his second Selke in three years.